Patient Education Seminar

The lung transplant program provides two-hour educational seminars approximately three times per month (see schedule below), and lung transplant candidates are required to attend 12 lectures per year. There are usually two lectures per seminar. These seminars offer invaluable information to help you and your loved ones to learn more about transplant and to know what to expect. The professional staff of the lung transplant team provides interactive lectures about organ donation, post-transplant medications, the role of exercise, organ rejection, psychological factors, nutrition, research in transplant, ethics, and infection control.

Twice a year we offer a two-hour panel comprised of post-transplant patients that give pre-transplant patients an opportunity to hear their experiences. .Post-surgical patients are encouraged to participate, not only because the sessions continue to be helpful but also because they can offer a unique and very helpful perspective to candidates waiting for a donor organ.

The program also offers non-mandatory, specialized support group meetings for: (1) caregivers — those responsible for seeing to it that the recovering transplant patients are taking their medications, moving about and getting the necessary care they require at home — and for (2) pre-transplant patients to give them an opportunity to share their experiences and concerns with one another. They take place on Mondays, from 11:30 AM-12:00 PM, and they are facilitated by the social worker.

Lung Transplant Program Educational Seminar Meetings

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Please Note: Patients Are Required to Attend 12 Seminar Meetings per Year.
One visit counts for 2 seminars.

January – June 2019

  • Mon, Jan 14th

    12:00-1:00 PM: Lung Allocation Score by Hanyoung Kim, RN
    1:00-2:00 PM: Readmissions and Hospitalizations by Tamar Gardner, RN

  • Tues, Jan 29th 

    3:00-4:00 PM: Types of Donors by Rachael Begler, RN
    4:00-5:00 PM: Post-Transplant Hospitalization by Daryle Blackstocke, PA

  • Mon, Feb 11th 

    12:00-1:00 PM: Acute and Chronic Rejection by Lori Shah, MD
    1:00-2:00 PM: Importance of Caregiving

  • Tues, Feb 26th

    3:00-4:00 PM: Insurance and Financing Transplant by Stemmijoi Haynes, Fin. Coord
    4:00-5:00 PM: Fear and Courage in Transplant by Sasha Storaasli, LCSW
    * Please note this seminar will take place in Heart Center, Room 1&2

  • Mon, Mar 11th 

    12:00-2:00 PM: Post Transplant Panel by Lung Transplant Recipients

  • Tues, Mar 26th 

    3:00-4:00 PM: Life After Transplant by Maggie Carroll, PA
    4:00-5:00 PM: Exercise in Transplant by Nicole Pieszchata, PT/Aimee Layton, PhD

  • Mon, April 8th 

    12:00-2:00 PM: Post-Transplant Medications by Jenna Scheffert, Pharm-D

  • Tues, April 23rd  

    3:00-4:00 PM: Frequently Asked Questions by Selim Arcasoy, MD
    4:00–5:00 PM: Diet and Transplant by Brenda Klein, RD, CDN, CDE

  • Mon, May 6th 

    12:00-1:00 PM: Lung Allocation Score by Hanyoung Kim, RN
    1:00-2:00 PM: Non-Pulmonary Complications of Transplant by Hilary Robbins, MD

  • Tues, May 21st 

    3:00-4:00 PM: Things to Know Once You’re Listed by Rachael Begler, RN
    4:00-5:00 PM: Meditation and Healing in Transplant by Rev. Seigan Ed Glassing

  • Mon, June 3rd

    12:00-1:00 PM: Acute and Chronic Rejection by Lori Shah, MD
    1:00-2:00 PM: Readmissions and Hospitalizations by Tamar Gardner, RN

  • Tues, June 25th 

    3:00-4:00 PM: Frequently Asked Questions by Selim Arcasoy, MD
    4:00-5:00 PM: Post-Transplant Hospitalization by Diana Walsh, PA-C


All meetings will take place in:
Vivian & Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center
173 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032
Myrna Daniels Auditorium
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EXCEPT the February 26th seminar which will take place in Heart Center rooms 1&2.

Please bring sufficient oxygen to last the duration of your trip to the hospital and return home.
If you need to run out and need to borrow from the Milstein Security Desk, please return it to the safety containers when finished.

This Schedule is subject to last minute changes. It is advised to contact your Social Worker or check Social Worker voicemail prior to the meeting:

Sasha Storaasli, LMSW 212.305.0665
Bailey Petry, LMSW 212.342.1364