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Data Advisory Committee

The Data Advisory Committee (DAC) is charged with overseeing all recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding specifications for collecting data on all transplant events, including all pre- and post-transplant events. It also has primary responsibility for recommending to the Board data release policies, data collection procedures, and specific OPTN database elements necessary for data analysis and research functions in support of the OPTN and the Scientific Registry.

Principles for Data Collection

Institutional members must provide sufficient data to OPTN to allow it to:

  • Develop transplant, donation, and allocation policies
  • Determine if Institutional Members are complying with policy
  • Determine Member-specific performance
  • Ensure patient safety when no alternative sources of data exist
  • Fulfill the requirements of the OPTN Final Rule

Current Projects

Public Comment


  • Dr Sandy Feng
  • University of California San Francisco Medical Center
Vice Chair
  • Dr Rachel E Patzer
  • Emory University Hospital
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Ms. Nicole Berry LifeNet Health At Large 6/30/2020  
Ms Kristine Browning Houston Methodist Hospital At Large 6/30/2022  
Ms Colleen Flores North Shore University Hospital/Northwell Health At Large 6/30/2022  
Mr Richard D Hasz Gift of Life Donor Program At Large 6/30/2020  
Ms. Heather E Hickland Live On Nebraska At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr Eileen Hsich The Cleveland Clinic Foundation At Large 6/30/2020  
Mr. Christopher J McLaughlin Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2021  
Melissa L McQueen General Public Region 5 At Large 6/30/2022  
Anna Mello University of California San Francisco Medical Center At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr Sumit Mohan NY Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Univ. Medical Center At Large 6/30/2020  
Ms Marian A O'Rourke Jackson Memorial Hospital University of Miami School of Medicine At Large 6/30/2020  
Alicia M Redden Cleveland Clinic Florida Weston At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr Jesse Schold The Cleveland Clinic Foundation At Large 6/30/2020  
Dr Siddarth A Shah Norton Children's Hospital At Large 6/30/2020  

Meeting Summaries


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