Nephrologists consider Kidney Transplantation as the preferred treatment modality for most patients with ESKD and advanced CKD. The pre-transplant evaluation, transplantation, and long-term management of patients with kidney transplants are complex and subject to ongoing change. As a leader in virtual nephrology education, GlomCon is introducing a new series dedicated to kidney transplantation to promote the open dissemination of the latest insights by experts in this field. Dr. Mario Rubin designed, initiated, and direct this new monthly conference series dedicated to Kidney Transplantation in 2021, and transferred the leadership over to Dr. Kassem Safa in 2022.
Authorities in the field of transplant will cover essential topics in transplant pathology, clinical transplantation, transplant surgery, and transplant immunology. We also will discuss pertinent issues in transplant ethics and transplant organizations (UNOS, OPTN). In addition to nephrologists, pathologists, and trainees, all other transplant team members, including coordinators, dieticians, social workers, are welcome to join and actively participate. We encourage everyone to suggest topics relevant to their day-to-day care and to submit their interesting or clinically challenging case presentation to be discussed by our panel of transplant experts.
Dr. Mario Rubin is a clinical nephrologist with a particular interest in transplantation medicine. Following his nephrology fellowship training at Georgetown University, he was accepted as a fellow in Immunogenetics and Kidney Transplantation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, by Dr. Charles Carpenter. Following training in alloimmunity and clinical kidney transplantation, he embarked on a professional career in clinical nephrology and kidney transplantation. He had a significant role in implementing kidney transplant programs (at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and Temple University in Philadelphia) and implemented the kidney transplant fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Rubin was a Transplant Education Committee member and the Transplant Nephrology Fellowship Training Accreditation Program of the American Society of Transplantation. He has expertise in kidney and multiorgan transplantation (pancreas, liver, heart) and has served in the capacity of UNOS certified Medical Director at several institutions. Dr. Rubin has trained multiple individuals in both nephrology and kidney transplantation and has received several teaching awards. He retired from active practice in 2017 but has remained active in nephrology and transplant education at local and national institutions and organizations.
Dr. Kassem Safa is an associate transplant nephrologist at the Transplant Center at Massachusetts General Hospital since 2015 and an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as the Kidney Transplant Program Associate Director for Living Donation.
Dr. Safa received his medical degree from the Lebanese University School of Medicine and completed internal medicine residency at the Saint Raphael Campus of the Yale New Haven Hospital. He trained in nephrology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital joint fellowship program. He completed transplant nephrology fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr Safa is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology and the American Society of Transplantation and is a recipient of several teaching awards during residency, fellowship, as well as a faculty member. He has written numerous articles and book chapters; his interests include clinical transplantation, living donor kidney transplantation, and the effect of dietary habits on the immune system.