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Patient Affairs Committee

The Patient Affairs Committee advises the UNOS Board of Directors and other committees about patient and donor family perspectives on OPTN policies and initiatives that originate in other committees. It may work independently or with other Committees, as approved by OPTN leadership, in the development of initiatives and policy proposals with significant import for topics of interest to patients, including transplant access, outcomes, and safety. The committee helps develop and provide input on educational OPTN-related information for transplant candidates, recipients, families, and patient groups.

Current Projects

  • Mr Darnell M Waun
  • University Hospital, University of Texas Health Science Center
Vice Chair
  • Garrett W Erdle
  • General Public Region 11
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Diego A Acero North Shore University Hospital/Northwell Health Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Julia H Coleman General Public Region 1 Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
Ms. Melanie A Deal Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2021  
Amit Khimji General Public Region 11 Regional Rep. 6/30/2021  
Ms. Sarah Koohmaraie Texas Children's Hospital At Large 6/30/2022  
Dr Anil Kotru Geisinger Medical Center At Large 6/30/2020  
Marvin Lim General Public Region 3 Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Ms Stephanie Little General Public Region 7 Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
Earl S Lovell General Public Region 5 Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Molly J McCarthy General Public Region 6 Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Elizabeth Rubinstein General Public Region 10 Regional Rep. 6/30/2020  
James W Sharrock General Public Region 4 Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  
Ms Julie L Siegel General Public Region 8 Regional Rep. 6/30/2021  
William E Tribett General Public Region 4 At Large 6/30/2021  
Mr Phillip Williams General Public Region 2 At Large 6/30/2021  
Christopher G Yanakos General Public Region 2 Regional Rep. 6/30/2022  

Meeting Summaries

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