Webinar on COVID-19 Challenges and Impact on Organ Donation and Transplantation

Updated on Monday, September 27, 2021
  • Mr. Shridhar Hanchinal, Hon. Director of MOHAN Foundation Karnataka, organized a webinar on COVID-19 challenges and impact on organ donation and transplantation on 28th August 2021 in the afternoon. Also, a transplant coordinator refresher training program, it was organised in association with TRANSTAN, ROTTO, SOTTO, Kolkata (East) and in collaboration with NATCO and IATC.

    The program was moderated by Prof. Dr. Subbarao (Apollo Hospital, Chennai) and the Chairpersons for the event were Dr. R Kanthimathi and Dr. Arpitha Roychowdhury.

    The speakers for the event:

    • Dr. Kanthimathi (Member Secretary, TRANSTAN) 
    • Dr. Edwin Fernando (Prof and Head of Nephrology and Transplantation at Stanley Medical College, Chennai)  
    • Dr. Arpita Roychowdhury (Prof Nephrology and Transplant, SSKM Kolkata Joint Director, ROTTO, East)      
    • Dr. Elan Kumaran (Liver Transplant Surgeon, Kauvery Hospital, Chennai)  
    • Dr. Murali Krishna T (Senior Consultant in Cardiac Anesthesia & Critical Care, MGM healthcare)  
    • Dr. Shalini Nalwad and Dr. Rahul Singh Sardar (Co-Founders and Directors - International Critical Care Air Transfer Team [ICATT] Air Ambulance Services, India)

    The following Transplant Coordinators also participated in the event:

    • Mr. Sagayam Francis (Executive Officer Transplantation, MIOT Hospitals and General Secretary IATC)  
    • Ms. Devi (Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital, Coimbatore)   
    • Mr. Sivakumar M (AGM, Liver unit and Sr. Transplant Manager, Multi- organ Transplant Unit - Rela Institute, Chennai)
    • Mr. Nethaji J (Head - Process & Coordination Multi Organ Transplantation, Fortis Healthcare Chennai and Vice President & Chair-Academic Committee, IATC)

    Introduction of MOHAN Foundation by Mr. Shridhar Hanchinal was followed by the welcome address and overview of 2021 (Tamil Nadu) by Dr. Kanthimathi. Dr. Edwin Fernando then continued with COVID-19 guidelines in deceased donor transplants and touched upon clinician’s perspective of kidney transplant during COVID-19. An overview of 2021 (East) was presented by Dr. Arpita Roychowdhury, followed by Dr. Elan Kumaran elaborated on liver transplant during the pandemic and Dr. Murali Krishna spoke on heart and lung transplants. Dr. Shalini Nalwad and Dr. Rahul Singh Sardar spoke on the interesting topic of complexities in organ airlifting. 

    Later the transplant coordinators shared their experiences about COVID-19 challenges and impact on organ donation transplantation. Mr. Sagayam Francis spoke about the donor side coordination and special care during COVID-19. Ms. Devi touched upon coordinator’s perspective on the challenges in recipient counselling and care during COVID-19. Mr. Sivakumar gave a brief description on how deceased donations worked during COVID-19 and Mr. Nethaji. J covered about pediatric donation during COVID-19. 

    Following a brief Q&A, the session ended with vote of thanks by Mr. Shridhar Hanchinal. The event was supported by Sanofi.

    Source-Ms. Ranjini Shankar
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