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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.

  • 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
    • Members
    • Organization
    • Dr. Pallavi D Annambhotla
    • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, HHS (ex officio)
    • Dr. Saima Aslam
    • University of California San Diego Medical Center
    • Dr. Remzi Bag
    • University of Chicago Medical Center
    • Dr. Gerald J Berry
    • Stanford Health Care
    • Mrs. Jamie Bucio
    • University of Chicago Medical Center
    • Dr. Lara Danziger-Isakov
    • Children's Hospital Medical Center
    • Dr. Chak-Sum (Sam) Ho
    • Gift of Life Michigan - Histocompatibility Laboratory
    • Dr. Jefferson Jones
    • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, HHS (ex officio)
    • Dr. Marilyn E Levi
    • Division of Transplantation, HHS, Ex Officio-Non Voting
    • Ms. Kathleen T Lilly
    • LifeLink of Georgia
    • Dr. Maricar F Malinis
    • Yale New Haven Hospital
    • Charles C Marboe
    • NY Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Univ. Medical Center
    • Meenakshi Rana
    • Mount Sinai Medical Center
    • Dr. Robert G Sawyer
    • University of Virginia Health Sciences Center
    • Dr. Lynne Strasfeld
    • Oregon Health and Science University
    • Dr. Cameron R Wolfe
    • Duke University Hospital
    • Dr. R. Patrick Wood
    • LifeGift Organ Donation Center

Meeting Summaries

reports to the board

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