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Disease Transmission Advisory Committee

The Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee considers issues related to the transmission of disease through organ transplantation. The Committee examines individual potential disease transmission cases reported to the OPTN in an effort to confirm transmissions where possible. It reviews aggregate data on all reported cases to assess the risk of donor disease transmission in organ transplantation in the U.S. with the goal of providing (1) education and guidance to the transplant community toward preventing future disease transmission and (2) input in developing policy to improve the safety of organ donation through the reduction of donor derived transmission events. It may identify disease-transmission related patient safety issues to be addressed, as appropriate, by the OPTN.

Chair
  • Dr Marian G Michaels
  • UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Vice Chair
  • Dr Ricardo M La Hoz
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center/William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital
Liaison
Liaison
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Dr Avinash Agarwal University of Virginia Health Sciences Center At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr Pallavi D Annambhotla Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, HHS (ex officio) Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2020  
Dr Saima Aslam University of California San Diego Medical Center At Large 6/30/2021  
Dr Gerald J Berry Stanford Health Care At Large 6/30/2020  
Mrs Jamie Bucio University of Chicago Medical Center At Large 6/30/2020  
Dr Lara Danziger-Isakov Children's Hospital Medical Center At Large 6/30/2020  
Dr Chak-Sum (Sam) Ho Gift of Life Michigan - Histocompatibility Laboratory At Large 6/30/2020  
Dr Jefferson Jones Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, HHS (ex officio) Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2020  
Dr Marilyn E Levi Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2021  
Dr Deborah J Levine University Hospital, University of Texas Health Science Center At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr Josh Levitsky Northwestern Memorial Hospital At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr Maricar F Malinis Yale New Haven Hospital At Large 6/30/2020  
Charles C Marboe NY Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Univ. Medical Center At Large 6/30/2021  
Dr Gary Marklin Mid-America Transplant Services At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr Stephanie M Pouch Emory University Hospital At Large 6/30/2022  
Meenakshi Rana Mount Sinai Medical Center At Large 6/30/2021  
Dr Raymund R Razonable Rochester Methodist Hospital (Mayo Clinic) At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr Lynne Strasfeld Oregon Health and Science University At Large 6/30/2020  

Meeting Summaries

reports to the board

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