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Kidney Committee

The Kidney Transplantation Committee is charged with considering medical, scientific, and ethical aspects related to kidney organ procurement, distribution, and allocation. The Committee considers both the broad implications and the specific member situations relating to kidney issues and policies. The goal of the committee's work is to develop evidence-based policies aimed at reducing the burden of renal disease in transplant patients (candidates and recipients), increasing kidney utilization, improving access to kidney transplantation as appropriate, and improving the health outcomes of kidney transplant recipients, fostering access to transplantation and good outcomes for patients (including waiting candidates and living donors) involved in kidney transplantation.

Current Projects

Public Comment


Board approved and pending implementation


  • Dr Vincent P Casingal
  • Carolinas Medical Center
Vice Chair
  • Dr Martha Pavlakis
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Dr James S Bowman Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2021  
Dr Dev M Desai Children's Medical Center of Dallas Regional Rep. 6/30/2021  
Dr Truman (Mark) M Earl University of Mississippi Medical Center At Large 6/30/2020  
Dr Amy R Evenson Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Mr Joseph M Ferreira Nevada Donor Network At Large 6/30/2020  
Dr Macey L Henderson Johns Hopkins Hospital Visiting Board Member 6/30/2021  
Valinda L Jones General Public Region 3 At Large 6/30/2020  
Dr Peter T Kennealey University of Colorado Hospital/Health Science Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Dr Mary T Killackey Tulane Medical Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
Dr Jim Kim Keck Hospital of USC Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Mrs Lisa N Matthias Henrico Doctors' Hospital At Large 6/30/2020  
Dr Deepak Mital Advocate Christ Medical Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
Dr Ernesto P Molmenti North Shore University Hospital/Northwell Health Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
Dr Cathi L Murphey Southwest Immunodiagnostics At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr Vinaya Rao Medical University of South Carolina Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
Dr Deirdre L Sawinski Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Erica Simonich Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Dr Julia M Steinke Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
Dr Nicole A Turgeon General Public Region 3 Ex. Officio 6/30/2020  
Dr Andrew S Weiss Virginia Mason Medical Center At Large 6/30/2021  

Meeting Summaries

Reports to the Board of Directors

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