September 5-6, 2019 • Atlanta, GA

The National Donor Management Summit brings together national and locally recognized experts in the field of donation and transplantation to share and discuss how to effectively integrate organ donor management practices throughout the continuum of care.

This year’s National Donor Management Summit will be a collaborative meeting, focusing on discovering what is possible when we work together and share successful strategies so that we can continue to maximize every donation opportunity to save and heal more lives.

During the Summit, topics that will be shared and discussed include challenges to brain death, lung management, OPO and advanced practice practitioner relationships, imaging and data sharing, DCD, providing outcomes to Intensivists, and public health issues and the impact on donation.

New for 2019!

We are proud to offer the Organ Donation Advanced Seminar for Standardized Clinical Education (ODASSCE) in combination with the National Donor Management Summit. ODASSCE will be hosted on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, prior to the National Donor Management Summit.

Learn About ODASSCE

  • 2019 Topics
    • DCD Self-authorization and Honor Walks
    • Challenges to Brain Death
    • OPO and Advance Practice Practitioner Relationships
    • Lung Management
    • Bringing Imaging into the 21st Century
    • Family Stories: “Feedback Beyond the Letter”
    • HCV Donation
    • Opioids and Problematic Brain Death Declaration with Unknown Substances
    • DCD Potpourri
    • Providing Donor Outcomes to Intensivists
  • Agenda & Learning Objectives

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    Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss the challenges associated with brain death diagnoses and declaration.
    • Identify innovative methods for improving imaging and data sharing between OPOs and Transplant Centers.
    • Summarize the ethical considerations of Donation after Circulatory Death and describe the role of Palliative Care in the decision-making process.
    • Employ lessons learned to develop a collaborative relationship between OPO and Hospital staff with respect to declaring patients, co-managing donors, and providing feedback on donor outcomes.
    • Describe the non-standard data sources available and how predictive analytics can be implemented in the donation process.
  • CEU Information

    The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance is offering 10.25 hours of continuing education credit for this offering, approved by The California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17117.  No partial credits will be awarded. CE credit will be issued upon request within 14 days post-summit.

    The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance will be offering 10.25 Category I CEPTC credits from the American Board for Transplant Certification. Certified clinical transplant and procurement coordinators and certified clinical transplant nurses seeking CEPTC credit must complete the evaluation form within 30 days of the event.

    AdventHealth Tampa is accredited by the Florida Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. AdventHealth Tampa designed this educational activity for a max of 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The planners/presenters of this CME activity have nothing to disclose regarding financial or other conflicts of interest related to the topics presented.

  • Target Audience

    The National Donor Management Summit is recommended for healthcare professionals who play a role in the organ donation and/or donor management process, including but not limited to:

    • Intensivists
    • Acute Care Surgeons
    • Hospitalists
    • Palliative Care Physicians
    • Neurologists
    • Neurosurgeons
    • Nurse Practitioners
    • Clinical Nurse Specialists
    • Pulmonologists
    • OPO Medical Directors
    • Organ Procurement Professionals
    • Physicians and Nurses
Signature Sponsors




Contributing Sponsors
Gift of Life Michigan
University of Michigan Medical Center
XVIVO Perfusion
Paragonix Technologies


Learn About Previous Meetings:
  • 2017 National Donor Management Summit
    2017 National Donor Management Summit: ‘Healing More Lives by Maximizing Every Donation Opportunity

    In 2017, the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (The Alliance) hosted a National Donor Management Summit with a focus on key roles of the critical care team, advanced donor management strategies and successful and transferable practices to increase the number of organs available for those on the transplant waiting list and to heal more lives. The learning objectives covered:

    • The ethics, costs, and benefits of treating patients with catastrophic brain injury.
    • National resources available to support donor management practices.
    • Unique principles, obstacles and opportunities surrounding donor intervention research.
    • Physicians impact and influence on the donation process.
    • The transplant center perspective and new and upcoming developments within donation and transplantation.



    Commitments Made

    During this forum, commitments were made. Themes of these commitments were (list not all inclusive):

    • Maintaining/Preserving the option for donation (peds & adult)
      • Institute CBIGs
      • Education on potential donors, e.g. multiple comorbidities, ECMO, unexpected locations (e.g. Obs/Gyn)
      • Treat pt for 72 hrs
      • Patients with POLST/Advanced Directives
      • ER starts the maintenance
      • Use more stories & case studies in education
    • Improve identification and referral processes of potential donors
      • Evaluation/implementation of clinical triggers/cues for OPO consult
      • Automate referral process through EMR system
    • Brain Death Declaration Processes (peds & adult)
      • Standardization (locally, system-wide, state-wide)
      • Education on BD declaration
      • Review & revise policies
      • Standardize documentation & checklists
      • BD declaration teams
      • Communicating BD
    • Donor Management Practices (peds & adult)
      • Implement donor management goals (DMGs)
      • Educate on donor management
      • Treat every patient like a lung donor
      • Research and implement donor management protocols
      • Explore hypothermia management of the donor
      • Take time with donor management
    • Donation after Circulatory Death (peds & adult)
      • Improve process
      • Improve timing
      • Improve communication with the family
      • Improve identification for referral
    • Grow hospital team & collaboration with OPO
      • Create and grow donor councils (organ donation support team)
      • System-wide donor councils
      • Include Quality in donor councils
      • Include and involve Palliative care
      • Involve C-Suite
    • Institute Donor Memorials


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    Successful Practices & Lessons Learned