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Minority Affairs Committee

The Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) identifies and considers aspects of organ procurement, allocation, and transplantation with the potential to impact minority and vulnerable populations in particular. In addition, the Committee provides input and recommendations regarding ongoing efforts of other OPTN Committees and the Board of Directors to ensure that issues and special needs of minority and vulnerable populations are considered and addressed.

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

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

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chair icon Chair
  • Dr. Paulo N Martins
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center
vicechair icon Vice Chair
  • Dr. Alejandro Diez
  • Ohio State University Medical Center
liaison icon Liaison
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Ayana S Andrews-Joseph VCU Health System Authority, VCUMC Region 11 Representative 6/30/2024  
Mr. Steve Averhart New England Organ Bank Region 1 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Niviann M Blondet Seattle Children's Hospital Region 6 Representative 6/30/2025  
Lauren Darensbourg Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2025  
Dr. Nwamaka D Eneanya General Public Region 2 At Large 6/30/2024  
Mesmin Germain Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2024  
Christiana Gjelaj Montefiore Medical Center Region 9 Representative 6/30/2024  
Shelley Grant Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2024  
Dr. Stephen H Gray George Washington University Hospital Region 2 Representative 6/30/2023  
Dr. Christine S Hwang Parkland Health and Hospital System Region 4 Representative 6/30/2023  
Tatia P. Jackson, PhD General Public Region 3 Region 3 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Adrian C Lawrence UT Southwestern Medical Center/William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital At Large 6/30/2023  
Dr. Reynold I Lopez-Soler Loyola University Medical Center At Large 6/30/2023  
Jason L Narverud LifeSource Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization Region 7 Representative 6/30/2024  
Dr. Anthony L Panos University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Transplant Programs Region 8 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Manuel I Rodriguez-Davalos University of Utah Medical Center At Large 6/30/2023  
Dr. April Stempien-Otero University of Washington Medical Center At Large 6/30/2025  
Dr. Wayne Tsuang The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Region 10 Representative 6/30/2023  
Dr. Marcus A Urey University of California San Diego Medical Center Region 5 Representative 6/30/2025  

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