Lung Transplant 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 2019 Meeting Schedules Flyer » ( English | Spanish

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

July – December 2019

  • Mon, July 8th

    12:00-1:00 PM: Lung Allocation Score (LAS) by Hanyoung Kim, RN
    1:00-2:00 PM: Nonpulmonary Complications by Hilary Robbins, MD

  • Tues, July 23rd 

    3:00-4:00 PM: Types of Donors by Rachael Myers, RN
    4:00-5:00 PM: Financial Clearance by Stemmijoi Haynes, Fin. Coord

  • Mon, August 12th 

    12:00-1:00 PM: Transplant Medications by Jenna Scheffert, Pharm-D
    1:00-2:00 PM: Open Forum (Q & A) by Carlo Bathazar, RN

  • Tues, August 27th

    3:00-4:00 PM: Advanced Directives and Goals of Care by Sasha Storaasli, LCSW
    4:00-5:00 PM: To Be Announced

  • Mon, September 9th 

    12:00-1:00 PM: Acute and Chronic Rejection by Lori Shah, MD
    1:00-2:00 PM: Nonpulmonary Complications by Hilary Robbins, MD

  • Tues, September 24th 

    3:00-5:00 PM: Post-Transplant Patient Panel by Lung Transplant Recipients. Moderated by Dr. Selim Arcasoy
    Location: Riverview Terrace

  • Mon, October 14th 

    12:00-1:00 PM: Post Transplant Care & Follow Up by Blair Wiggins, PA
    1:00-2:00 PM: Exercise in Transplant by Nicole Pieszchata, PT & Aimee Layton, PhD

  • Tues, October 22nd  

    3:00-4:00 PM: Lung Allocation Score by Hanyoung Kim, RN
    4:00-5:00 PM: Post Transplant Hospitalization by Diana Walsh, PA

  • Mon, November 4th

    12:00-1:00 PM: Types of Donors (Spanish Speaking) by Altagracia Taveras, RN
    1:00-2:00 PM: Diet and Transplant by Brenda Klein, RD, CDN, CDE

  • Tues, November 19th

    3:00-4:00 PM: Q and A by Selim Arcasoy, MD
    4:00-5:00 PM: Fear and Courage in Transplant by Sasha Storaasli, LCSW

  • Mon, December 9th

    12:00-1:00 PM: Transplant Medications by Jenna Scheffert, Pharm-D
    1:00-2:00 PM: Meditation and Healing in Transplant by Rev. Seigan Ed Glassing

  • Tues, December 10th 

    4:30-6:00 PM: Holiday Party (pre and post transplant). All patients welcome
    Location: Wintergarden Terrace / CHONY (Children’s Hospital) main entrance


All meetings will take place in:
Vivian & Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center
173 Fort Washington Avenue, New York, NY 10032
Myrna Daniels Auditorium
Get Maps & Directions » 

EXCEPT the Post-Transplant Panel and Holiday Party, which will take place in the Riverview Terrace.

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
Melinda Greene, LCSW (212) 342-1364