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Lung Transplantation Committee

The Lung Transplantation Committee considers issues relating to lung procurement, allocation, and transplantation, including medical, scientific, and ethical aspects. The committee also considers the broad implications of such issues and deals with specific individual issues or situations. The goal of the committee’s work is to develop evidence-based policies aimed at reducing waitlist mortality in lung transplant candidates, increasing lung utilization, improving access to lung transplantation, and improving the health outcomes of lung transplant recipients.

Featured report

Monitoring Lung Allocation Policy Changes (PDF - 2.0KB; 3/2020)

Current Projects


Board approved and pending implementation


  • Dr. Marie Budev
  • The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Vice Chair
  • Dr. Matthew G Hartwig
  • Duke University Hospital
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Brian Armstrong General Public Region 1 At Large 6/30/2025  
Dr. James S Bowman Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2023  
Dr. Errol L Bush Johns Hopkins Hospital At Large 6/30/2024  
Dr. Edward Cantu Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Region 2 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Cynthia J Gries AdventHealth Orlando Region 3 Representative 6/30/2023  
Dr. Stephen J Huddleston University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Region 7 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Soma S Jyothula Memorial Hermann Hospital, University of Texas at Houston Region 4 Representative 6/30/2024  
Dr. Julia Klesney-Tait University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Transplant Programs Region 8 Representative 6/30/2024  
Dr. Erika D Lease University of Washington Medical Center Ex Officio 6/30/2023  
Dr. Marilyn E Levi Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2023  
Karen E Lord New England Organ Bank At Large 6/30/2024  
Dr. Dennis M Lyu University of Michigan Medical Center Region 10 Representative 6/30/2023  
Dr. Michael S Mulligan University of Washington Medical Center Region 6 Representative 6/30/2023  
Serina A Priestley Houston Methodist Hospital At Large 6/30/2025  
Dr. John M Reynolds Duke University Hospital Region 11 Representative 6/30/2023  
Dr. Pablo G Sanchez University of Pittsburgh Medical Center At Large 6/30/2024  
Dr. Lara W Schaheen St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center Region 5 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Marc G Schecter UF Health Shands Hospital At Large 6/30/2023  
Dr. Scott A Scheinin Mount Sinai Medical Center Region 9 Representative 6/30/2024  
Dr. Nirmal S Sharma Brigham and Women's Hospital Region 1 Representative 6/30/2023  
Kelly M Willenberg General Public Region 11 At Large 6/30/2023  

Meeting Summaries

Report to the board of directors

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