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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

One-year monitoring report: Lung continuous distribution (PDF 5/2024)

Board Report on Continuous Distribution of Organs (PDF 12/2023)

Current Projects


Board approved and pending implementation


chair icon Chair
  • Dr. Matthew G Hartwig
  • Duke University Hospital
vicechair icon Vice Chair
  • Dr. Dennis M Lyu
  • University of Michigan Medical Center
liaison icon Liaison
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Ms. Adriana Alvarez Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2026  
Brian Armstrong General Public Region 1 At Large 6/30/2025  
Dr. James S Bowman Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2025  
Dr. Marie Budev The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Ex Officio 6/30/2025  
Dr. Edward Cantu Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Region 2 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. David Erasmus Vanderbilt University Medical Center Region 11 Representative 6/30/2026  
Katja Fort Rhoden General Public Region 2 At Large 6/30/2026  
Jordan R Hoffman University of Colorado Hospital/Health Science Center Region 8 Representative 6/30/2027  
Dr. Stephen J Huddleston University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Region 7 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Thomas S Kaleekal University of Alabama Hospital Region 3 Representative 6/30/2026  
Dr. Siddhartha G Kapnadak University of Washington Medical Center Region 6 Representative 6/30/2026  
Dr. Brian C Keller Massachusetts General Hospital Region 1 Representative 6/30/2026  
Dr. Ernestina Melicoff-Portillo Texas Children's Hospital At Large 6/30/2026  
Serina A Priestley Houston Methodist Hospital At Large 6/30/2025  
Jaclyn N Russe Nevada Donor Network At Large 6/30/2027  
Dr. Lara W Schaheen St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center Region 5 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Gary S Schwartz Baylor University Medical Center Region 4 Representative 6/30/2027  
Dr. Heather M Strah The Nebraska Medical Center At Large 6/30/2027  
Dr. Wayne Tsuang The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Region 10 Representative 6/30/2026  
Joseph N Tusa LiveOnNY Region 9 Representative 6/30/2027  

Past projects from the Thoracic committee



Past meeting summaries from the Thoracic committee

Report to the board of directors

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