Basic Kidney Transplantation and Pathology Workshop
Khartoum, Sudan Dec 6-7, 2014


Enhancing kidney transplantation is a priority in the Sudan. The Sudanese American Medical Association (SAMA) planned and executed this workshop in collaboration with local partners. The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) had kindly endorsed the workshop as part of its global CME programs given limitations on its full operational sponsorship due to international sanctions imposed on the Sudan. Special appreciation goes to Drs Fred Finkelstein, Chair of ISN CME Committee and Agnes Fogo, Chair of ISN Renal Pathology for being key in identifying and facilitating visitors’ agreement to visit Sudan.

Workshop Mission Statement

To inspire and empower staff involved with kidney diseases and transplantation in the Sudan.

Mission Objectives

  1. To raise awareness and provide education on aspects of renal transplantation and pathology.
  2. To emphasize the team-approach.
  3. To forge connections for sustained training and research opportunities between the visiting and host individuals and institutions.


The workshop was well attended by transplant leaders as well as trainees from the 5 transplant centers in Sudan, the total number of attendees was 151. Exciting discussions by eager participants were made during the workshop regarding the protocols and practices of transplant in Sudan and how these could be optimized.


From left to right: Patrick Klem, PharmD; Clinical Pharmacist, University of Colorado, Denver, CO; Ahmed Ali, MD, Medical Officer, SudaLearn Event Planner; Elwaleed Elhassan, FACP, FASN; Assistant Professor of Nephrology, Mark Haas,Professor of Renal Pathology, LA, California, Abubakr Abdelgalil Imam, MD, FAAP, Head Dept of Pediatric Nephrology, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar; James Cooper, MD; Assistant Professor of Nephrology and Transplantation, University of Colorado, Denver, CO.

Prof. Mark Haas, M.D., Ph.D., (left) with Prof Ali Abdulsatir (right), Professor of Pathology
Prof Haas is a world expert on renal pathology. He serves as an attending pathologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University and did his residency in Anatomic Pathology and fellowship training in Renal pathology and Physiology at Yale University. Prior to coming to Cedars-Sinai in 2009, Dr. Haas served on the faculties of the Departments of Pathology at The University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University.
He is a past president of the Renal Pathology Society, and currently serves on the editorial boards of Kidney International and the American Journal of Transplantation, and as glomerular disease section co-editor for Clinical Nephrology.

Dr. James Cooper, MD,  Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver. He graduated from Indiana University with degrees in biology and ethology, received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and moved to Colorado in 2003 to complete a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in Nephrology and Renal Transplantation at the University of Colorado, Denver. He is the Director of Renal Transplantation fellowship, and the Desensitization Program at the University of Colorado Kidney/Pancreas Transplant center.

Patrick Klem, PharmD (left) sitting with Prof Haas (right) in Ozone Cafe, Khartoum – 2 having a well deserved break after the intensive course Patrick Klem is a clinical pharmacy specialist at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH). He received his PharmD from Butler University and completed a pharmacy practice residency at the VA Chicago Health Care System in 1998. Since that time, he has worked at UCH specializing in the ambulatory care in renal transplant and anticoagulation therapy. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy and serves as a class room lecturer and preceptor to pharmacy students and pharmacy residents at his practice site. He has worked with other health care providers at UCH on clinical research and published on topics related to immunosuppression therapy after transplant and complications after transplant.

Susie Harris RN, Patrick Klem PharmD and Elwaleed Elhassan FACP, FASN enjoying a River Nile boat ride in Khartoum after completing the ISN course.

A total of 14 copies of “Handbook of Kidney Transplantation” were gifted by SAMA to the 5 transplant centers in Khartoum. In order to reward and motivate the centers, the distribution ratio was according to the number of transplant surgeries performed in 2014.

From Left to right,
Dr. Elwaleed Ali Mohamed Elhassan, FACP. FASN,
Assistant Professor of Nephrology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Workshop Coordinator, the late Dr. Mohamed Elamin Awad Yousif, Past-President-elect of the Sudanese Society of Nephrology, and Past-Lead Transplant Nephrologist in Ibn Sina Hospital receiving Ibn Sina’s Book Quota from Dr. Ihab B. Abdalrahman – Tarawa, Deputy Director General Soba University Hospital, Medical Director – Sadagat, Ex-Member of Board of Trustees – SAMA.

Dr. Rihab Alidreesy receiving the books on behalf of Ahmed Gasim Hospital in Khartoum. Ahmed Gasim performed the highest number of transplants in 2014

Dr. Abubakr Ali, Secretary of Sudan Medical Specialization Board for Nephrology receives a copy of the major textbook of Nephrology (Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology) to be shared with the Nephrology Fellows.