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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
Ms. Vanessa Arriola Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2021  
Lauren Darensbourg Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2023  
Dr. Juan V del Rio Martin Auxilio Mutuo Hospital Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Dr. Raquel Garcia-Roca Loyola University Medical Center At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr. Stephen H Gray University of Maryland Medical System Regional Rep. 6/30/2023  
Ms. Lakeicha Gunter Methodist University Hospital Regional Rep. 6/30/2023  
Dr. Nicole A Hayde Montefiore Medical Center Regional Rep. 6/30/2023  
Dr. Christine S Hwang Parkland Health and Hospital System Regional Rep. 6/30/2023  
Dr. Adrian C Lawrence UT Southwestern Medical Center/William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital At Large 6/30/2023  
Dr. Reynold I Lopez-Soler Loyola University Medical Center At Large 6/30/2023  
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  
Dr. Manuel I Rodriguez-Davalos Primary Children's Hospital At Large 6/30/2023  
Dr. Oscar K Serrano Hartford Hospital Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Mr. Pono Shim General Public Region 6 Visiting Board Member 6/30/2023  
Dr. Wayne Tsuang The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Regional Rep. 6/30/2023  

Meeting Summaries

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