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Advisory council formed for project to increase kidney utilization

Published on: Thursday, January 28, 2016

A national advisory committee has been selected to guide the planning and implementation of the Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (COIIN), an OPTN pilot project to test potential improvements to review of transplant program performance.

The COIIN will test the value and practicality of moving from traditional criteria used by the OPTN/UNOS Membership and Professional Standards Committee to a more collaborative approach aimed at performance improvement and sharing of best practices. The project will enroll approximately 15 kidney transplant programs to participate in a structured and closely monitored quality improvement process, focused on supporting greater use of deceased donor kidneys calculated to have a moderate to high Kidney Donor Profile Index (KDPI) score.

The council will advise on and approve the project’s design, deployment and evaluation. David Klassen, M.D., UNOS’ Chief Medical Officer, will chair the advisory council.  Additional council members are as follows:

  • Stacey Doll, M.P.A., Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Alan Reed, M.D., University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics
  • Peter Reese, M.D., Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Todd Pesavento, M.D., Ohio State University Medical Center
  • Emily Goldbloom, CPTC, CTBS, The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland
  • Jesse Schold, Ph.D., M.Stat., M.Ed., Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Stuart Sweet, M.D., Ph.D., St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Kevin Myer, M.S.H.A., LifeGift
  • Ryutaro Hirose, M.D., UC San Francisco Medical Center
  • Steven Potter, M.D., FACS, East Texas Medical Center
  • David Axelrod, M.D., M.B.A., Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Matthew Cooper, M.D., MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute

Staff of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Transplantation, also serve as ex officio, nonvoting members of the council.