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Committee to address geographic aspects of organ distribution

Following recent OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors consideration of the role of geography in OPTN policy, an Ad Hoc Committee on Geography has been formed. The group will meet over the next several months to establish guiding principles for the use of geography within OPTN policies.  It also will review frameworks for incorporating those principles into allocation policies.  It will report its recommendations to the OPTN/UNOS Board.

Committee members include OPTN/UNOS Board members and leadership from organ-specific committees, as well as representatives from donation- and transplantation-related societies.

Kevin O’Connor, M.S., PA, will chair the committee.  He is president and chief executive officer of LifeCenter Northwest.

Other committee members are as follows:

  • Adam Bingaman, M.D., Ph.D.; Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital
  • Lewis Teperman, M.D.; North Shore University Hospital
  • Kenneth Washburn, M.D.; Ohio State University Medical Center
  • Akinlolu Ojo, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., M.B.A.; University of Arizona Health Sciences
  • Charles Alexander, RN, M.S.N., M.B.A., CPTC; The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland
  • Alexandra Glazier, J.D., M.P.H.; New England Donor Services
  • Deanna Santana, B.S.; Sierra Donor Services
  • Kenyon Murphy, J.D.; Vice President for Patient and Donor Affairs, OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors
  • Richard Formica, M.D.; Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Charles Miller, M.D.; Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Nicole Turgeon, M.D.; Emory University Hospital
  • Julie Heimbach, M.D.; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
  • Kevin Chan, M.D.; University of Michigan Medical Center
  • Ryan Davies, M.D.; Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
  • Silke Niederhaus, M.D.; University of Maryland Medical System
  • Jennifer Prinz, RN, B.S.N., M.P.H., CPTC; Donor Alliance
  • James Pittman, RN, M.S.N.; HCA Healthcare
  • Elisa Gordon, Ph.D., M.P.H.; Northwestern Memorial Hospital

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