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Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee aims to guide the policies and practices of the OPTN related to organ donation, procurement, distribution, allocation, and transplantation so they are consistent with ethical principles. The Committee makes recommendations to Board of Directors for changing, creating, or eliminating policies if warranted by ethical concerns. The Committee also provides written guidance pertaining to ethical considerations to OPTN members, after approval by the Board of Directors. The Committee does not address individual patient issues or disputes.

  • Dr. Keren Ladin
  • General Public Region 1
Vice Chair
  • Dr. Andrew Flescher
  • General Public Region 9
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Dr. Melissa D Anderson General Public Region 10 Regional Rep. 6/30/2024  
Dr. George Bayliss Rhode Island Hospital Regional Rep. 6/30/2023  
Dr. David W Bearl Vanderbilt University Medical Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2023  
Dr. Lynsey S Biondi West Virginia University Hospitals Inc. Regional Rep. 6/30/2023  
Dr. James S Bowman Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2023  
Dr. Ivan (Glenn) Cohen General Public Region 1 At Large 6/30/2022  
Mr. Earnest J Davis General Public Region 10 Visiting Board Member 6/30/2022  
Dr. Amy L Friedman LiveOnNY At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr. Thao N Galvan CHI St. Luke's Health Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2024  
Dr. Roshan P George Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Dr. Sanjay Kulkarni Yale New Haven Hospital At Large 6/30/2023  
Dr. Marilyn E Levi Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2023  
Mrs. Tania M Lyons General Public Region 9 Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Dr. Colleen J Reed General Public Region 8 Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Dr. Ehab R Saad Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital Regional Rep. 6/30/2024  
Dr. Carrie Thiessen University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics At Large 6/30/2024  
Ms. Catherine E Vascik AdventHealth Orlando At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr. Aaron Wightman Seattle Children's Hospital Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Ms. Sena A Wilson-Sheehan Mayo Clinic Hospital Arizona Regional Rep. 6/30/2024  

Meeting Summaries

Reports to the Board of Directors

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