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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.

  • Garrett W Erdle
  • General Public Region 11
Vice Chair
  • Molly J McCarthy
  • General Public Region 6
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Betsey Brada General Public Region 6 Region 6 Representative 6/30/2024  
Lauren Darensbourg Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2025  
Diana Dixon General Public Region 9 Region 9 Representative 6/30/2025  
Mesmin Germain Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2023  
Lorrinda Gray-Davis General Public Region 4 Region 4 Representative 6/30/2025  
Megan Hayden Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2023  
Calvin Henry General Public Region 3 Region 3 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dana M Hong Houston Methodist Hospital At Large 6/3/2025  
Julie Ice General Public Region 11 Region 11 Representative 6/30/2024  
Kenny J Laferriere New England Organ Bank Region 1 Representative 6/30/2023  
Wendy Leavitt General Public Region 5 Region 5 Representative 6/30/2025  
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  
Julie Spear General Public Region 8 Region 8 Representative 6/30/2024  
Eric Tanis General Public Region 10 Region 10 Representative 6/30/2023  
Justine van der Pool General Public Region 2 At Large 6/30/2024  
Steven Weitzen General Public Region 2 Region 2 Representative 6/30/2025  
Justin Wilkerson General Public Region 7 Region 7 Representative 6/30/2023  

Meeting Summaries

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