October 10-13, 2017

Please join us for the 32nd Annual International Society for Transplant Social Workers Conference in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona. We encourage you to arrive early and stay after the conference to enjoy the beautiful weather, breathtaking views and the southwest experience.  Outdoor shopping, hiking and  delicious dining are near the resort. Scottsdale offers many attractions including the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Gardens, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Scottsdale Fashion Square, and Butterfly Wonderland.

Click here for the 2017 Scottsdale Conference Brochure

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Click here to register for this year’s STSW Conference.

Registration Information

Please refer to the table below for the different pricing options that will be available for this year’s conference.

If you choose the STSW Membership and Conference Registration, after your payment has been submitted, please visit to complete the “Pay By Check” option for member registration.  No fee will apply, as the fee was included with your registration choice.

Registrations, after September 18, 2017, will be $50 more.  Kosher meals may incur an additional charge.

Full refunds, minus PayPal transaction fees, are available until September 6, 2017.


Registration Fees

STSW Member Conference Registration$500
Combination STSW Membership + Conference Registration$600
Non-Member Conference Registration$700
MSW Student$375
One-Day Conference Registration$250
Celebration Guest$125
STSW Member Pre-Conference Registration$150
Non-Member Pre-Conference Registration$200


This year is the first year we are offering a Pre-Conference for an additional $100 for members and $150 for non-members. The Pre-Conference offers attendees a more in-depth opportunity to delve into two sessions of intensive training on specific topics. CEUs will be provided for the Pre-Conference. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.  The Pre-Conference will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, beginning at 1:30pm.


This year’s conference will be held in an urban oasis on bustling Scottsdale Road, moments from the restaurants, shops and art galleries of Old Town Scottsdale. Scottsdale Plaza Resort offers an opportunity to unwind from the hustle and bustle once you step into the elegant Spanish Mediterranean lobby. The resort’s meticulously landscaped grounds are filled with desert flowers and fragrant seasonal plantings and the area is encircled by the Camelback and Mummy Mountains.

Online reservations are no longer available.  Please contact the Scottsdale Plaza Hotel directly to make your reservation!  They may be reached at 1-800-832-2025.  The hotel is offering a discounted rate, but there are a limited number of rooms available at $169/night.  We encourage you to reserve your room as soon as possible. If you are planning to travel to Scottsdale early or stay late to enjoy the area, the Scottsdale Plaza Resort is offering the discounted rates for a few days before and after the conference.

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This year, the conference is hosted by several of Arizona’s highly rated transplant centers including Mayo Clinic, Banner University Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The program is designed to cover a wide range of topics of general interest to transplant social workers.


Program Highlights

The conference keynote presentation features an innovative transplant physician, Dr. David Lott.  He will discuss the future of transplantation and his work with larynx transplants. In addition, we are excited to feature Dr. Walia, transplant director at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  His session will focus on ethical dilemmas in transplanting the aging population.  Dr. Julie Osborn, Phoenix Children’s Hospital resident physician, will discuss the lifelong journey of a pediatric liver transplant patient. This year’s conference will offer  sessions covering specialties such as pediatric transplant, heart and lung transplant, mechanical circulatory support, living donors, and abdominal transplant, as well as timely topics including diagnosis and treatment of substance use, ethics, and palliative care.



Join us in reuniting with friends and meeting new STSW conference attendees Tuesday evening at the welcome reception and poster session. Posters will highlight research conducted by some of our STSW members and other transplant colleagues. Enjoy appetizers, drinks and entertainment at our Welcome Fiesta the night before the conference begins!

The three-day conference will provide you with opportunities to network during meals, breaks and in the evenings. The first night of the conference is our annual celebration. This is a time to spend with conference attendees and enjoy dinner, entertainment and the culture of Arizona. Group dinners will be available the last night of the conference. You will be able to sign up to join a group and we will assist in making dinner reservations.

Parking & Transportation

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort offers free self-parking to guests in a convenient lot right outside of the hotel.

The Sky Harbor International Airport is located a short distance from the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Scottsdale Plaza Resort does not offer airport transportation.  The estimated cost of a taxi ride from Sky Harbor Airport to Scottsdale Plaza is $40 and Uber is approximately $25. We advise you not to fly in or out of the Mesa-Gateway Airport due to distance and flight delays.

For 2017 Super Shuttle information, click here

Travel & Tourism

Scottsdale, named the “Most Livable City,” is adjacent to Phoenix, the capital of Arizona. Scottsdale’s history began in 1450 AD as an ancient civilization inhibited by the Hohokam. Located within moments of the Scottsdale Plaza Resort are mountains to hike, premier golf and resort destinations, Arizona State University Research Center, Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and Scottsdale’s main cultural district.

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STSW offers a number of scholarships each year to STSW members. The scholarship will cover the cost of the registration fee. Click here for the STSW 2017 Scholarship Application.  The deadline to submit a scholarship application is June 2, 2017.

Questions or Concerns

Please contact any of the Scottsdale chair members if you have any questions or concerns.  Feel free to email at

Site/ Hotel Chair

Jenifer Espinoza, LMSW/MPA

Program Chair

Jodi Mincemoyer, LCSW

Celebration Chair

Julie LaMantia, LMSW

 Exhibitor Chair

Annette Humberson, LISW-S, CCTSW, National Exhibitor Chair

Krista Bergren, LMSW, Local Exhibitor Chair


We would like to invite you to submit a Poster to display at the 2017 conference in Scottsdale, Arizona from October 10th-13th. We have selected abstracts, and would like to enrich the variety by adding more Posters. If you are interested, please follow the Abstract application and Guidelines posted on the website. The deadline for submission will be May 1st.


It is that time of the year again… call for abstracts! Our 2017 conference will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona from October 10th-13th. We know it is going to be another great year, and we are looking forward to receiving a wide variety of abstract submissions. To apply, please fill out the abstract application and review the abstract guidelines for directions on how to submit.


Thank you to all of our 2016 exhibitors and presenters!  2016 San Diego Conference PowerPoint slides for each presentation are available for download here.  The downloads are password-protected and accessible to those who paid for & attended the 2015 conference.  If you attended the conference and misplaced your password, please email for the password.  Click here for a copy of the 2016 STSW Conference Brochure.


Powerpoint slides for each presentation are available for download here for the 2015 conference in Columbus.  These slides are password-protected and are accessible to those who paid for and attended the 2015 conference.  If you attended the conference and misplaced your password, email for the password.   Click here for a copy of the  STSW 2015 Conference Brochure.


Powerpoint slides for each presentation are available for download here for the 2014 conference in Boston .  These slides are password-protected and are accessible to those who paid for and attended the 2014 conference.  If you attended the conference and misplaced your password, email for the password.


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2017 Conference Exhibitors