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

Download the 2017 Meeting Schedules Flyer »

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

January - June 2017

  • Wed., Jan 4 

    3:00 – 4:00 PM: Post Transplant Compliance by Nilani Ravichandran, FNP
    4:00 – 5:00 PM: Topic To Be Announced

  • Mon., Jan 9 

    11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Patient and Caregiver Support by Phyllis Sachs, LCSW-R
    12:00 – 2:00 PM: Post-Transplant Medications by Jenna Scheffert, Pharm

  • Tues., Jan 24 

    3:00 – 4:00 PM: Lung Allocation Score by Hanyong Park, RN
    4:00 – 5:00 PM: Frequently Asked Questions by Selim Arcasoy, MD

  • Wed., Feb 1

    3:00 – 4:00 PM: Exercise and Transplant by Aimee Layton, PhD and Nicole Pieszchata, PT
    4:00 – 5:00 PM: “After My Lung Transplant, What to Expect The First Year” by Luke Benvento, MD

  • Mon., Feb 13

    11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Patient and Caregiver Support by Phyllis Sachs, LCSW-R
    12:00 –1:00 PM: Acute & Chronic Rejection by Lori Shah, MD
    1:00 – 2:00 PM: Life After Transplant by Rachel Leigh Begler, RN

  • Tues., Feb 28

    3:00 – 4:00 PM: Post-Transplant Testing by Hilary Robbins, MD
    4:00 – 5:00 PM: Topic To Be Announced

  • Wed., March 1

    3:00 – 4:00 PM: Transplant Wait List & Pre-Transplant Testing by Nilani Ravichandran, FNP
    4:00 – 5:00 PM: Nutrition and Transplant by Brenda Klein, RD

  • Thurs., March 9

    3:00 – 5:00 PM: Post-Transplant Patient Panel by Lung Transplant Recipients 
    Location: Riverview Terrace 

  • Mon., March 20

    11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Patient and Caregiver Support by Phyllis Sachs, LCSW-R
    12:00 – 1:00 PM: Topic to be Announced by Sara Lee Manning, RN
    1:00 – 2:00 PM: Post-Transplant Hospitalization by Maggie Carroll, PA-C 

  • Mon., April 10

    12:00 – 1:00 PM: Topic To Be Announced by Sara Lee Manning, RN
    1:00 – 2:00 PM: Types of Donors by Rachel Leigh Begler, RN 

  • Tues., April 25

    3:00 – 4:00 PM: Post Transplant Compliance by Nilani Ravichandran, FNP
    4:00 – 5:00 PM: Topic To Be Announced

  • Wed., May 3

    3:00 – 4:00 PM: Exercise and Transplant by Aimee Layton, PhD and Nicole Pieszchata, PT
    4:00 - 5:00 PM: “After My Lung Transplant, What to Expect The First Year” by Luke Benvento, MD 

  • Mon., May 15

    11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Patient and Caregiver Support by Phyllis Sachs, LCSW-R
    12:00 – 1:00 PM: Post-Transplant Hospitalization by Maggie Carroll, PA-C
    1:00 – 2:00 PM: Psychological Factors in Transplant By David Fedoronko, MD

  • Tues., May 23

    3:00 – 4:00 PM: Non-Pulmonary Complications of Transplant by Hilary Robbins, MD
    4:00 – 5:00 PM: Lung Allocation Score by Hanyong Park, RN

  • Wed., June 7

    3:00 – 4:00 PM: What To Do When The Call Comes By Sara Lee Manning, RN
    4:00 – 5:00 PM: Nutrition and Transplant By Brenda Klein, RD

  • Mon., June 19

    11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Patient and Caregiver Support By Phyllis Sachs, LCSW-R
    12:00 – 1:00 PM: Acute and Chronic Rejection By Lori Shah, MD
    1:00 – 2:00 PM: Financing Your Lung Transplant By Stemmijoi Haynes, Fin. Coord

  • Tues., June 27

    3:00 – 4:00 PM: Topic To Be Announced
    4:00 – 5:00 PM: Frequently Asked Questions By Selim Arcasoy, MD

Location

All meetings will take place in:
Vivian & Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center
173 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032
Meeting Rooms 1&2
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EXCEPT the Post-Transplant Panel which will take place in the Riverview Terrace.

Please bring sufficient oxygen to last the duration of the sessions.
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
Phyllis Y. Sachs, LCSW 212.305.6266

Lung Transplant Program Caregiver Support Meetings

Please note: Time and Date Change!

Going forward, Support for Caregivers and Patients will take place ½ hour before the Seminars that are scheduled on Mondays, in the Milstein Heart Center, Rooms 1 & 2.

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
Phyllis Y. Sachs, LCSW 212.305.6266