Date of event
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 1:00 pm -
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 2:00 pm
Continuing Education Credits
Add to Calendar 2021-07-13 13:00:00 2021-07-13 14:00:00 Webinar: Gaps in Advance Care Planning at Transplant Centers: Call for Action AASLD America/New_York public

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Public Health and Health Care Delivery SIG


  • Arpan Patel, MD


  • Manisha Verma, MD, MPH
  • Brett E. Fortune, MD, MSc


There is increasing interest to integrate palliative care (PC) within routine practice of decompensated cirrhosis to enhance and inform clinical care. It has shown to improve patient- provider communication, provider awareness of symptoms, tailored symptom management enhance quality of life, ultimately with a better end of life care. There is minimal knowledge on what key elements of PC can inform care, particularly if advance care planning (ACP) has a role to play within Transplant Evaluation. This webinar will discuss the current gaps in ACP within routine care at Transplant Centers. Webinar Objectives: Delineate care gaps in ACP discussions: from patients and providers perspectives Review key elements of ACP discussions. Through specific examples, discuss ways to demonstrate that ACP discussions can be integrated within transplant evaluations.



Presenter Bio

Aran A. Patel, MD, PhD

Aran A. Patel, MD, PhD is a transplant hepatologist and health services researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also a staff physician at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Center and core investigator at the VA Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy (CSHIIP) in Los Angeles. He performed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by fellowship in gastroenterology at UCLA and fellowship in Transplant Hepatology at Mount Sinai. He completed a PhD in Health Policy and Management at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA in 2020.

Dr. Patel’s career goal is to ensure that patients with advanced liver disease receive high-value care that optimizes their quality of life. His research goal is to understand ways that principles of palliative care can be integrated in management of these patients and their caregivers.

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Moderator Bios

Manisha Verma, MD, MPH

Manisha Verma, MD, MPH, currently serves as the director of research at the Department of Digestive Diseases and Transplantation at Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia and as the assistant professor of Medicine, Research at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. Her program of research focuses on palliative care and patient centered outcomes research (PCOR) within Hepatology and beyond. She and her team received a 15 million research award from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to conduct a multi-site cluster randomized study to compare two models of palliative care delivery for ESLD. She has contributed to advances in knowledge of clinical applications of Health Services Research, specifically in the areas of clinical integration of patient reported outcomes assessments, integrated care models (palliative care and behavioral health), and population-based health approaches.

Dr. Verma is responsible for promoting and facilitating leading edge research, including collaborative and multidisciplinary research, in areas related to the mission of advancing patient care, education and treatments for liver diseases. She serves as the Secretary for the American Association for Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Public Health / Healthcare Delivery Group and as the Vice Chair for the Education Subcommittee.

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Brett E. Fortune, MD, MSc

Brett E. Fortune, MD, MSc, is a transplant hepatologist who works at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell for the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation. Dr. Fortune has a clinical focus to provide excellent care for patients with advanced liver disease and those who need or have received liver transplantation.

Dr. Fortune’s research interests include clinical outcomes related to complications of cirrhosis and portal hypertension as well as quality improvement in the care of patients with cirrhosis or those who have received a liver transplant.

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