Kidney Pancreas Community of Practice (KPCOP)

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Mission Statement

The Kidney Pancreas Community of Practice (KPCOP) is dedicated to advancing knowledge and scientific collaborations of professionals engaged in education, research and patient advocacy to promote improved health, safety and quality of life for kidney and pancreas transplant recipients as well as living kidney donors.

2022-2023 Executive Committee

Chair: Ronald Parsons (2023)
Co-Chair: Neeraj Singh (2023)
Board Liaison: Deirdre Sawinski (2023)
Song Ong (2023)
Prince Mohan (2023)
Mark Lerman (2023)
Hector Madariaga (2024)
Millie Samaniego (2024)
Arpita Basu (2023)

AST Staff Liaison: Olivia Snow (


2022-2023 Initiatives

  • The Public Policy Workgroup will continue to address policy issues.
  • The Education Workgroup will continue to generate content through journal clubs, webinars, and engagement on the Hub.
  • The KRAFT and the Pancreas workgroups will continue to meet and create content.
  • The Education Workgroup will submit proposals to ATC 2023. 
  • The KPCOP Public Policy workgroup is working on an ATC 2022 proposal on ‘pre-implant Biopsy and poor post-transplant outcomes’ in collaboration with other COPs.  
  • The Patient Community Education Workgroup will continue to create educational content for the patient community.  
  • The KPCOP Education Subcommittee is planning on having multiple journal clubs and webinars throughout 2022-2023. 
  • The Transplant Diagnostics and KPCOPs have crafted a joint workgroup to identify the needs of providers and patients related to molecular diagnostic testing.
  • The EC will be establishing the Frailty and Access workgroups to address the needs of our members and our strategic plan.
  • The EC will continue to assess member educational needs with input from the education committee.
  • The EC will look closely rising starts and identify candidates for the AST Board and other leadership positions.
  • The KPCOP has a mentoring workgroup that has sought input from the Trainee and Young Faculty COP.  will continue matching mentoring pairs. The Pancreas and Cardiovascular workgroups have been working on several projects and have continued to involve more members.
  • The EC members and workgroup leaders have driven much of the conversation on the HUB, encouraging discussion with the COP and supporting new ideas and new goals. The KPCOP has supported two research grants and will continue to do so in the future.
  • The COP will maintain a stronger presence on social media with dedicated events on Twitter and the HUB to help drive greater growth of the COP.
  • The workgroup will aim to provide an update to the COP at least once every two months