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Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee considers ethical issues related to organ procurement, distribution, allocation, and transplantation. The committee considers the broader implications presented by such issues and does not consider any individual patient's issues or disputes. It also makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding emerging ethical issues in the national transplant network. The goal of the committee's work is to ensure that OPTN policies and activities are consistent with accepted ethical principles.

  • Dr Elisa J Gordon
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Vice Chair
  • Dr Keren Ladin
  • Tufts Medical Center
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Mahwish U Ahmad The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Regional Rep. 6/30/2021  
Dr Randee B Bloom General Public Region 10 Visiting Board Member 6/30/2020  
Dr James S Bowman Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2021  
Dr Ashton Chen Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
Ivan (Glenn) Cohen General Public Region 1 At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr Jeffrey T Cooper Tufts Medical Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
Dr Michael S Davis University Hospital, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2021  
Dr John Entwistle Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
Dr Andrew Flescher General Public Region 9 At Large 6/30/2020  
Dr Amy L Friedman LiveOnNY At Large 6/30/2022  
Roshan P George Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Mrs Tania M Lyons State University of New York Upstate Medical University Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Colleen J Reed General Public Region 8 Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Richard r Sharp General Public Region 7 Regional Rep. 6/30/2021  
Dr Giuliano Testa Baylor University Medical Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2021  
Ms Catherine E Vascik AdventHealth Orlando At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr Robert M Veatch General Public Region 2 At Large 6/30/2020  
Aaron Wightman General Public Region 6 Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  

Meeting Summaries

Reports to the Board of Directors

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