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Kidney Transplantation Committee

The Kidney Transplantation Committee is charged with considering medical, scientific, and ethical aspects related to kidney organ procurement, distribution, and allocation. The Committee considers both the broad implications and the specific member situations relating to kidney issues and policies. The goal of the Committee's work is to develop evidence-based policies aimed at reducing the burden of renal disease in transplant patients (candidates and recipients), increasing kidney utilization, improving access to kidney transplantation as appropriate, and improving the health outcomes of kidney transplant recipients.

Waiting time adjustments approved for kidney candidates affected by race-based eGFR calculations.

Programs required to submit modification forms by Jan. 3, 2024.

Learn about the Board action

Featured reports

Deceased kidney donors recovered increase six-months post-implementation minimum donor criteria for kidney biopsies (12/19/2023)

Early monitoring report shows Black kidney candidates are receiving waiting time modifications after implementation of new policies (12/4/2023)

Current Projects


Board approved and pending implementation


chair icon Chair
  • Dr. Jim Kim
  • Keck Hospital of USC
vicechair icon Vice Chair
  • Dr. Arpita Basu
  • Emory University Hospital
liaison icon Liaison
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Kristen M Adams LifeSource Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization Region 7 Representative 6/30/2026  
Dr. Sanjeev K Akkina Loyola University Medical Center At Large 6/30/2024  
Dr. P. Stephen Almond Driscoll Children's Hospital Region 4 Representative 6/30/2024  
Dr. James S Bowman Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2026  
Ms. Leigh Ann Burgess Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital Region 11 Representative 6/30/2026  
Ms. Marian B Charlton Hackensack University Medical Center At Large 6/30/2024  
Dr. Jesse L Cox Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at The Nebraska Medical Center Region 8 Representative 6/30/2025  
Patrick O Gee General Public Region 2 At Large 6/30/2025  
Ms. Tania A Houle Legacy of Hope At Large 6/30/2025  
Dr. Caroline C Jadlowiec Mayo Clinic Hospital Arizona Region 5 Representative 6/30/2024  
Dr. John G Lunz LifeLink Transplantation Immunology Laboratory At Large 6/30/2025  
Dr. Martha Pavlakis Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Ex Officio 6/30/2024  
Kala Rochelle Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2026  
Dr. Jason A Rolls Christiana Care Health Services Region 2 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Reza F Saidi State University of New York Upstate Medical University Region 9 Representative 6/30/2026  
Eloise Salmon University of Michigan Medical Center Region 10 Representative 6/30/2026  
Dr. Chandrasekar Santhanakrishnan Swedish Medical Center Region 6 Representative 6/30/2025  
Aparna Sharma UAMS Medical Center Region 3 Representative 6/30/2026  
Dr. Charles V Strom New England Organ Bank Region 1 Representative 6/30/2025  
George Surratt Platform Quality Director, Medical Solutions Division, 3M (Retired) Visiting Board Member 6/30/2024  
Dr. Nidyanandh Vadivel Swedish Medical Center At Large 6/30/2024  
Curtis Warfield General Public Region 10 At Large 6/30/2026  

Reports to the Board of Directors

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