Transplant Psychiatry SIG

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Listserv & How to Join
Items of Interest
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. Over 300 professionals are members of ACLP’s Transplant Psychiatry SIG.

Co-chairs of our SIG are Paula Zimbrean, MD, FACLP, and 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.

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, Psychosomatics. For more information, see Join ACLP.

SIG Activities

bulletBibliography (coming soon)

bulletSIG members’ publications in transplant psychiatry (coming soon)

bulletTransplant psychiatry presentations at the 2018 ACLP Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL

bulletACLP quarterly research updates (journal article annotations)

Of Interest to Transplant Psychiatrists

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.

bullet“Transplantation” Section of ACLP’s CLP Bibliography

bulletPublic comment on UNOS policies proposals (open through 3/22/19)

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

From the Introduction Letter:

In consideration of the facts that there is a widening gap between organ demand and supply for transplantation, which lead to the result that patients in need have been traveling beyond geographical borders to receive transplants, either because of organ shortage at home or because transplant service has not been well established in their home countries; also taking into serious account the situations that agents and middlemen have exploited the situation as organ trafficking and that some Asian countries have become the sources of black market organs and the hub for transplant tourism, the Task Force is of the firm view that the mere condemnation could not stop the serious situation. There must be concrete steps taken by government authorities, public and private organizations as well as individuals to help stopping, preventing and eliminating organ trafficking. The Recommendations represent the joint views of the Task Force members about the principles and measures to be implemented for this purpose.

We sincerely hope that these Recommendations will be of assistance to you in formulating policies and in adopting specific measures. More specifically, we hope that these Recommendations will be fully integrated into your policies and measures so that the ultimate goal of eliminating organ trafficking in Asia could be achieved earlier.

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.