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Pediatric Transplantation Committee

The Pediatric Transplantation Committee considers the unique medical, scientific, and ethical issues relating to organ procurement, allocation, and transplantation for pediatric patients. These issues include: pre- and postoperative care, expeditious transplantation of children, and the specific medical, social, and psychological needs of children. The Committee considers the broad implications of such issues and deals with these specific issues or situations as needed. The goal of the committee's work is to develop evidence-based policies aimed at fostering pediatric candidate access to transplantation and good outcomes for patients (including waiting candidates and living donors) involved in pediatric transplantation.

chair icon Chair
  • Dr. Rachel M Engen
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
vicechair icon Vice Chair
  • Dr. Neha Bansal
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
liaison icon Liaison
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Woodlhey Ambroise LifeGift Organ Donation Center At Large 6/30/2027  
Dr. James S Bowman Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2026  
Joseph "Joe" Brownlee General Public Region 11 At Large 6/30/2025  
Dr. Meelie A DebRoy Westchester Medical Center At Large 6/30/2025  
Katrina Fields General Public Region 10 Region 10 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Ryan T Fischer Children's Mercy Hospital Region 8 Representative 6/30/2026  
Dr. Namrata Jain Hackensack University Medical Center At Large 6/30/2025  
Dr. Sonya Kirmani University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Region 7 Representative 6/30/2026  
Jennifer Lau Transplant Families Visiting Board Member 6/30/2025  
Dr. Marilyn E Levi Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2026  
Melissa L McQueen Transplant Families Region 5 Representative 6/30/2027  
Ms. JoAnn A Morey Boston Children's Hospital Region 1 Representative 6/30/2026  
Dr. Emily R Perito UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Ex Officio 6/30/2025  
Dr. Reem H Raafat Memorial Regional Hospital Region 3 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Daniel Ranch University Hospital, University of Texas Health Science Center Region 4 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Jennifer M Vittorio NYU Langone Health Region 9 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Gonzalo A Wallis Carolinas Medical Center Region 11 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Shawn West UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh At Large 6/30/2027  
Dr. Aaron Wightman Seattle Children's Hospital Region 6 Representative 6/30/2026  
Dr. Carol Wittlieb-Weber Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Region 2 Representative 6/30/2026  

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