Experts behind Transplant 360

Fabienne Dobbels (Co-Chair)

Fabienne Dobbels

Fabienne Dobbels is a psychologist and psychotherapist, who worked at the heart transplantation programme of the University Hospitals of Leuven until 2006. Appointed as full-time Assistant Professor, she is currently a senior researcher within the Center for Health Services and Nursing Research, Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Leuven, Belgium (KU Leuven). Key research topics include medication adherence, self-management, psychosocial issues and patient reported outcomes in transplantation. Fabienne is a reviewer for many international journals and has presented at numerous national and international conferences, with more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters to her name.

Alan Jardine (Co-Chair)


Professor of Renal Medicine with the BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre at the University of Glasgow, UK, Alan Jardine is Professor of Renal Medicine and Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Glasgow, and a consultant nephrologist at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow. His research interests are in cardiovascular and other long-term complications of renal disease and transplantation, ranging from laboratory-based studies on cardiac and vascular function, to international, multi-centre trials.

Josep M. Campistol


Professor Josep M. Campistol is currently Director of the Clinical Institute of Nephrology and Urology at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, Spain. He is also Professor of Medicine at the Renal Transplant Unit in the Hospital Clinic of the University of Barcelona. He received his MD from the University of Barcelona in 1983, and completed his residency in internal medicine and subsequently his fellowship in renal medicine at the Hospital Clinic of the same institution.

Following his training as a fellow in renal medicine at the University of Barcelona, Josep continued his clinical work in renal transplantation within the Renal Transplant Unit at the Hospital Clinic. During this period he also developed research interests into the pathogenesis of dialysis-related amyloidosis, and undertook a visiting Fulbright Scholarship at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, USA. His doctoral thesis, which he obtained in 1990, was based on the “Pathogenesis of dialysis-amyloidosis and the role of lymphocytes on β2-microglobulin synthesis and dialysis membranes”.

Josep has published more than 500 experimental and clinical papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of many international transplant societies, is on the editorial board of a number of major international transplant journals and is a principal investigator in numerous clinical studies. His current research interests include the use of new immunosuppressive regimens in renal transplantation.

Lisa Burnapp

Lisa Burnapp

Lisa Burnapp has a background in nephrology and transplantation and was appointed as Consultant Nurse in Living Donor Kidney Transplantation at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK following completion of her MA in Medical Law and Ethics in 2002. She retains a clinical attachment there with a special interest in altruistic organ donation.

As Lead Nurse for Living Donation within the NHS Blood & Transplant (NHSBT) Lisa has led on the development of UK Strategy for Living Donor Kidney Transplantation. She is an active member of the British Transplantation Society (BTS), having co-chaired the Living Donor Transplantation Forum since it was established in 2004 and served on Council and the Ethics Committee. She is a member of the BTS Standards Committee, through which she has co-edited and published best practice guidelines in areas of donation and transplantation practice.

Within the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT), Lisa chairs the European Donation and Transplant Co-ordination Organisation (EDTCO) and is a member of the living organ donation working group within the Ethical, Legal and Psychological Aspects of Transplantation (ELPAT). She is a member of the UK’s Human Tissue Authority Transplantation Advisory Group and supports the training and development of healthcare professionals in organ donation and transplantation in a variety of national and international settings. She was awarded a fellowship of the British Renal Society in May 2012.

Patrizia Burra

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Patrizia Burra is a gastroenterologist specialised in liver transplantation medicine, she is the Head of the Multivisceral Transplant Unit-Gastroenterology, Department of Surgery, Oncology and Gastroenterology at Padova University Hospital, Padova, Italy. Patrizia is a senior lecturer of gastroenterology, with a PhD in Hepatology, and is a teaching professor at the Medical School in Padova. Her main clinical interests concern complications of liver cirrhosis mainly encephalopathy, liver transplantation for alcoholic liver disease, quality of life after transplantation, as well as viral hepatitis in end-stage renal disease and kidney transplant patients. Her main research interests concern hepatocyte culture and mesenchymal stem cells. Patrizia is currently European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) EU Policy Councillor and Treasurer of the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS).

Frank Lehner

Frank Lehner

Frank Lehner is a senior staff transplant surgeon for liver (adult and paediatric), kidney and pancreas transplantation at the Hannover Medical School, Germany. He studied at the University of Tuebingen, Germany and worked as a surgeon at the Reutlingen General Hospital, the University of Bochum Hospital and since 1999 at the Hannover Medical School. He has been an investigator in multiple clinical trials in kidney and liver transplantation since 1997. His main research interests are focussed on optimising the immunosuppressive therapy after organ transplantation as well as mechanisms leading to primary and secondary liver malignancies. He is also a member of several professional and scientific organisations.

Thomas Rath

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Thomas Rath is Head of the Department of Nephrology and Transplantation Medicine (Leading Physician) at the Westpfalz-Klinikum, Kaiserslautern, Germany and lectures at the University of Kaiserslautern.  He has approximately 25 publications in peer reviewed journals and approximately 180 congress publications. Thomas is the educational doctor of the German Society for Ultrasound in Medicine and founding member of the HIV-network – Rhineland – palatine. He is also principal investigator and co-investigator in several clinical trials and has membership with many professional organisations.

Lionel Rostaing

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Lionel Rostaing MD PhD, a consultant in Clinical Transplantation, is the Medical Director of the Organ Transplant Department of Toulouse University Hospital, France. His main fields of clinical and basic research include viral infections in dialysis and organ transplant patients, the pharmacodynamic effects of immunosuppressants and the assessment of intracytoplasmic cytokines by means of flow cytometry and their relevance to alloreactivity in kidney transplant recipients and to biocompatibility in hemodialysis patients. He is also a member of several professional and scientific organisations.

Mirjam Tielen


Mirjam Tielen is a nurse practitioner with experience of more than 10 years in the field of kidney transplantation for adult patients at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Mirjam has published research articles in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Transplantation and Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (NDT). She has a special interest in patient adherence and Q-methodology. She was also President for the Dutch Workgroup of Transplant Nurses for 5 years.

Clare Whittaker

Clare Whittaker

Clare Whittaker is the Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist for Renal Transplantation at Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK and a past president of The International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS). Clare leads the transplant nursing team at The Royal London Hospital to deliver high quality care to 800 renal transplant recipients and through the live donor programme and transplant assessment process. Clare also leads the research nursing team across renal services. Clare has special interest in adherence post-transplant and post-transplant pregnancy.

Andreas Zuckermann


Andreas Zuckermann is a world recognised leader in heart transplantation.  He is a staff surgeon in the Department of Cardiac Surgery at Medical University of Vienna, Austria and Director of the Cardiac Transplantation Programme there.  He also has been a director the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) and involved in several committees of Eurotransplant. Moreover, he is the 2015 Programme Chair of the ISHLT meeting in Nice, France.  He has been involved in over 1000 thoracic transplantations and has helped Vienna become the second largest heart transplantation centre in Europe. He has conducted clinical research in post-transplant patients. His current interests are focused on immunosuppressive protocols and ex vivo perfusion of donor hearts.

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