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Minority Affairs Committee

The Minority Affairs Committee identifies and considers aspects of organ procurement, allocation, and transplantation with the potential to impact minority and vulnerable populations in particular. In addition, the Committee provides input and recommendations regarding ongoing efforts of other OPTN Committees and the Board of Directors to ensure that issues and special needs of minority and vulnerable populations are considered and addressed.

Chair
  • Dr. Irene Kim
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Vice Chair
  • Dr. Paulo N Martins
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center
Liaison
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Mr. Vonzie Barnett Houston Methodist Hospital At Large 6/30/2020  
Ms. Melanie A Deal Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2022  
Dr. Juan V del Rio Martin Auxilio Mutuo Hospital Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Dr. Alejandro Diez Ohio State University Medical Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
Dr. William Freeman General Public Region 6 Visiting Board Member 6/30/2020  
Dr. Mary L Ganikos Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2020  
Dr. Raquel Garcia-Roca Loyola University Medical Center At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr. Christopher M Jones Jewish Hospital Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
S Kuramoto-Crawford Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2022  
Ms. Yesenia Mora-Coffey Lifesharing - A Donate Life Organization Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Dr. Okechukwu N Ojogho Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Dr. Oyedolamu K Olaitan Rush University Medical Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Dr. Tahuanty Pena University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Transplant Programs Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Tanjala Purnell Johns Hopkins Hospital Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
Dr. Sylvia E Rosas Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Ex Officio 6/30/2020  
Dr. Richard M Ruiz Baylor University Medical Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
Dr. Oscar K Serrano Hartford Hospital Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Dr. Ignatius Y Tang University of Illinois Medical Center At Large 6/30/2020  
Ms. Venus Walker Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2021  

Meeting Summaries

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