OCTOBER 14–16, 2020

Partnership with Health and Fitness Solutions to Improve Renal Dialysis Patient Recovery

Dr. Becker will discuss the intersection of fitness and readiness for transplant. Patients who are on dialysis are sedentary during their treatment time. However, opportunities exist for patients to participate in fitness and nutrition programs that improve their ability to be placed on a transplant list and to improve their outcomes after transplant. The intersection of physicians and fitness clubs is critical to the success of these programs. This lecture will address how to optimize the collaboration and will also propose unique and innovative revenue streams.

Yolanda Becker, MD

Professor of Surgery, Director, Kidney and Pancreas Program
University of Chicago


Speaker Profile

Yolanda T. Becker, M.D.(FACS, FAST), is a professor of surgery and director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at the University of Chicago.

She has served in many roles throughout her career as a transplant surgeon. Dr. Becker is a past president of the OPTN/UNOS (Organ Procurement and Transplant Network/United Network for Organ Sharing) board of directors. She has served on the UNOS corporate affairs committee, the nominating committee and the board governance subcommittee. She has chaired the policy oversight committee. Dr. Becker began her involvement with UNOS as a member of the MPSC (Membership and Professional standards committee) and certification maintenance workgroups, co-chairing the latter.

Dr. Becker has served as an elected member of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) board of directors, co-chairing its winter symposium, chairing its education committee and additionally serving on the minority affairs committee. She has served on the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) scientific studies committee and on the AST/ASTS American Transplant Congress program planning committee. She also has served on the board of directors of the National Kidney Registry.

She earned her medical degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. Dr. Becker has received additional leadership training, completing the Executive Leaders in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. She is an active soccer mom for her son and is the team mom for her daughter’s synchronized ice skating team.