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Patient Affairs Committee

All OPTN activities impact transplant patients either directly or indirectly. The OPTN Patient Affairs Committee advises the Board of Directors and engages with its committees from the perspectives of transplant candidates, recipients, living and deceased donors, and families. The Committee works independently, or with other Committees, to develop initiatives and policy proposals of significant importance to patients, including transplant access, outcomes, and safety. The Committee develops and provides patient perspective on OPTN educational content.

  • Mr. Garrett W Erdle
  • General Public Region 11
Vice Chair
  • Molly J McCarthy
  • General Public Region 6
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Diego A Acero North Shore University Hospital/Northwell Health Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Dr. James S Bowman Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2023  
Betsey Brada General Public Region 6 Regional Rep. 6/30/2024  
Julie Ice General Public Region 11 Regional Rep. 6/30/2024  
Ms. Sarah Koohmaraie Texas Children's Hospital At Large 6/30/2022  
Mr. Kenny J Laferriere New England Organ Bank Regional Rep. 6/30/2023  
Marvin Lim General Public Region 3 Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Earl S Lovell General Public Region 5 Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Dr. Anita Patel Henry Ford Hospital At Large 6/30/2023  
Sejal Patel Mayo Clinic Hospital Arizona At Large 6/30/2024  
Kristen Ramsay General Public Region 1 At Large 6/30/2024  
Mr. James W Sharrock General Public Region 4 Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Ms. Raelene Skerda Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2022  
Julie Spear General Public Region 8 Regional Rep. 6/30/2024  
Mr. Eric Tanis General Public Region 10 Regional Rep. 6/30/2023  
Justine van der Pool General Public Region 2 At Large 6/30/2024  
Mr. Darnell M Waun University Hospital, University of Texas Health Science Center Ex Officio 6/30/2022  
Justin Wilkerson General Public Region 7 Regional Rep. 6/30/2023  
Mr. Christopher Woody General Public Region 11 Visiting Board Member 6/30/2022  
Christopher G Yanakos General Public Region 2 Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  

Meeting Summaries

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