Transplant Psychiatry SIG

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Listserv & How to Join
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Related Organizations

Welcome to our SIG. We are psychiatrists and clinicians involved in issues of organ transplantation. We consult with patients, their families and donors, and their physicians. We meet in person each year at the ACLP Annual Meeting in November. At other times we communicate via a listserv and we hold online meetings. Over 150 professionals are members of ACLP’s Transplant Psychiatry SIG.


SIG Chair: Paula Zimbrean, MD, FACLP, FAPA

SIG Vice chair: Yelizaveta Sher, MD, FACLP

Transplant Psychiatry Listserv

The primary means of communication among members of the Transplant Psychiatry SIG is via listserv. Only members of the SIG may post and receive group messages, as well as view the archived postings. The link to the listserv archives is provided only to SIG subscribers via a link in the footer of all listserv emails. The archives are password protected for subscriber access. To register for access, on the archives access page, click Register Password, enter your SIG email, and then a password of your choosing. The email you provide to register for archives access must match exactly with the email used for your SIG subscription or the archives won’t permit you access.

ACLP Members: To join our SIG, you simply need to update your ACLP membership profile: under “Your Special Interest Group Subscriptions” toward the bottom of your profile page, check the “Transplant Psychiatry” box. Allow 24 hours for your membership to take effect.

If you are not a member of the Academy, submit the online form to join the SIG. Because the issues discussed in the Transplant Psychiatry SIG are intended for professionals who are involved or interested in transplantation, filling out the form does not automatically add you to the SIG. The SIG moderator will review your information and review/approve your membership. If you are a current SIG subscriber and wish to change your email, contact the Academy office at for assistance.

We encourage all of our SIG members to also become a member of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. The Academy is an important resource that serves as an inspiration, a chance for networking, and a place to learn. Membership has many other advantages including a subscription to the Academy’s journal, Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (previously known as Psychosomatics). For more information, see Join ACLP.

SIG Activities

bulletSIG working groups. Our SIG has several working groups who meet or communicate regularly to create various academic products (conference submissions, educational materials and others). A survey is sent every year in early January to invite people to join existing groups or propose new topics. If you want to get involved but missed the survey, please contact the group lead and/or Paula Zimbrean,

Transplant Psychiatry SIG working groups 2022

bulletACLP quarterly research updates in Transplant Psychiatry (journal article annotations)

bulletTransplant Psychiatry education: materials that may be helpful in teaching trainees and non-psychiatric clinicians ( more coming soon)

ACLP Transplant Psychiatry Bibliography

Of Interest to Transplant Psychiatrists

bulletThe Transplant candidate with Acute Liver Failure (Trainee copy)

bulletInpatient Psychiatric Evaluation for Organ Transplantation

bulletFacing Transplantation: A Guide for Patients and Their Families by Yelizaveta Sher MD (Author), Theodore A. Stern (Editor)

Facing Transplantation is for anyone whose life is affected by this medical intervention. Written by leading health care providers in their fields and members of the transplantation community, Facing Transplantation combines top-tier medical information and compassionate counsel on the management of transplantation, with a caring and sensible approach to the physical and emotional aspects of living with transplantation and its complications. This book provides easily readable and trustworthy information; it is divided into twenty-three chapters that ask and answer pertinent questions about transplantation and its medical and psychiatric/psychological care. A glossary of terms provides important background information to readers (e.g., about medical processes, medications, nutrition, exercise, risk-reduction); online resources and references are also offered; words italicized in the text are defined in the glossary. Each of the chapters is accompanied by selected references, internet resources, illustrations, and photographs.

bulletPsychosocial Care of End-Stage Organ Disease and Transplant Patients Editors: Sher, Yelizaveta, Maldonado, Jose R. (Eds.)

This book takes an integrated, evidence-based approach the psychiatricaspects of organ transplantation. Unlike any  other text currently on the market, this title presents the core principles of transplant psychiatry through an organ-based structure that includes the heart, lungs, liver, GI organs, kidney, composite tissue, and other key areas of transplantation. Each section is divided into chapters discussing psychosocial, medical, and surgical considerations prior to and post-transplant, such as indications leading to a particular type of transplantation, medical course and complications aft er transplantation, psychiatric and psychosocial considerations before and aft er transplantation, history of each type of organ transplant, and any other special considerations. Th e text ends with special topics in care, including psychopharmacology, substance abuse, psychosocial evaluation of recipients and donors, ethical considerations, cross-cultural aspects, and building the transplant psychiatry practice. It includes excellent learning tools, including over 140 tables and figures for ease of use. Written by interdisciplinary experts, Psychosocial Care of End-Stage Disease and Transplant Patients is a valuable resource for students and medical professionals interested in psychiatry, psychology, psychosomatic medicine, transplant surgery, internists, hospital administrators, pharmacists, nurses, and social workers.

bullet“Transplantation” Section of ACLP’s CLP Bibliography

bulletPublic comment on UNOS policies proposals

bulletOPTN policies on “Living Donation” (PDF, section 14 of Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network [OPTN] Policies)

bulletOrgan Traffiking: The “Taipei Recommendation”

The Asian Task Force on Organ Trafficking, composed of 14 bioethics scholars from Asia, Europe, and the U.S. who share a deep concern about the situation of organ trafficking across borders, has issued its “Recommendations on the Prohibition, Prevention and Elimination of Organ Trafficking in Asia.” These three PDF documents are available for your use and distribution:

PDF iconIntroduction Letter from the chair and coordinator of the task force
PDF iconSummary of Recommendations
PDF iconFull Report

Related Organizations

EAPM Transplant Medicine special interest group (Frank Vinitius, chair)

Psychosocial Community of Practice (PSCOP) is a multidisciplinary group of members of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) who are involved in the assessment and care of the organ recipient and living organ donor throughout the transplant process. The PSCOP, launched in January 2014, will also represent researchers who are interested and involved in psychosocial research in organ transplantation. The AST is uniquely positioned to improve the psychosocial care of transplant candidates, recipients, and donors by providing a venue for transplant psychosocial providers and researchers to convene and establish a collaborative, multidisciplinary professional group.

Membership in PSCOP is free to AST members; non-members may join with a 1-year free trial membership. For more information, see the PSCOP launch flyer. To join, submit the AST’s Community of Practice sign-up form.

Chicago Transplant Ethics Consortium (CTEC). Members of CTEC have been meeting regularly since June 2003 for topical case review and deliberation in order to better understand and meaningfully respond to ethical issues in organ transplantation on a local, regional, national, and international level. This interdisciplinary group has a diverse membership comprised of voluntary individuals from various disciplines and institutions with a common interest in the evolving social and ethical aspects of organ transplantation.  The consortium includes physicians and nurses from various medical disciplines including but not limited to transplantation, social workers, ethicists and philosophers as well as recipients and living donors.  Members include health care professionals and administrators from both adult and pediatric transplant programs.

Although the group is hosted by the Transplant Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, members from other academic and non-academic institutions participate actively in weekly meetings. Materials for discussion and details of the meetings are disseminated to the membership-at-large by email communications.

European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) is the umbrella organization under which all European transplant activities are organized. ESOT cooperates with many transplant organizations to structure and streamline these activities in Europe.

Several organ expert sections within ESOT represent expert knowledge on particular organs. One of these expert sections is ELPAT, the European Platform for Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Organ Transplantation. ELPAT will be helpful in mapping and bringing together European expertise on the various ethical, legal and psychosocial aspects of organ transplantation.