Every other year, The Alliance hosts a National Critical Issues Forum. The goal of the National Critical Issues Forum is to provide an interactive, creative, and innovative environment for communication and collaboration among stakeholders on pressing needs of the donation and transplantation community. Participants are encouraged to leave in action by making commitments to the implementation of transferable successful practices and strategies.

The next National Critical Issues Forum will be held in 2018. The theme, dates, and location will be announced soon.

Learn more about past forums below.

National Critical Issues Forum 2016: ‘Disrupting the Status Quo

In 2016, the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (The Alliance) invited key hospital system, transplant, OPO and physician/surgical leaders to convene for a 1½ day national critical issues forum. The primary goal of the forum was to identify novel collaborations and strategies to increase the number of transplants done in the United States. Expert leaders discussed the science of decision-making as it relates to organ utilization, and analyzed how existing practice patterns may limit the number of transplants performed. Examples of unconventional strategies implemented by transplant centers, organ procurement organizations, and hospitals that have been successful in expanding organ utilization were presented and discussed. The forum was very interactive and crucial conversations occurred to explore normative behaviors and to discuss how they could be disrupted.



Commitments Made

During this forum, commitments were made. Themes of these commitments were:

  • Application of behavioral economics
  • Allocation and expedited allocation practices
  • Acceptance practices and listing parameters
  • Organ utilization practices
  • Communication and relationship between OPO and transplant program
  • Patient communication/education practices


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Successful Practices & Learning Opportunities