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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.

chair icon Chair
  • Garrett W Erdle
  • General Public Region 11
vicechair icon Vice Chair
  • Molly J McCarthy
  • General Public Region 6
liaison icon Liaison
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Denise Abbey General Public Region 9 Region 9 Representative 6/30/2024  
Cheri Coleman General Public Region 6 Region 6 Representative 6/30/2024  
Lauren Darensbourg Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2025  
Mesmin Germain Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2024  
Tonya R Gomez General Public Region 10 Region 10 Representative 6/30/2026  
Lorrinda Gray-Davis General Public Region 4 Region 4 Representative 6/30/2024  
Calvin Henry General Public Region 3 Region 3 Representative 6/30/2025  
Robert Johnson Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2024  
Wendy Leavitt General Public Region 5 Region 5 Representative 6/30/2025  
Sejal Patel Mayo Clinic Hospital Arizona At Large 6/30/2024  
Andreas Price Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates At Large 6/30/2026  
Cathy C Ramage Nemours Children's Hospital Delaware At Large 6/30/2025  
Kristen Ramsay General Public Region 1 At Large 6/30/2024  
Julie Spear General Public Region 8 Region 8 Representative 6/30/2024  
John Sperzel General Public Region 1 Region 1 Representative 6/30/2026  
Jenny Templeton General Public Region 11 Region 11 Representative 6/30/2027  
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 6/30/2026  

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