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8/1/2014Ryan Ehrensberger named UNOS Director of Research
 United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) hired Ryan Ehrensberger, Ph.D. as Director of Research.
7/27/2014UNOS Researchers Present Studies at World Transplant Congress
  United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) staff members authored and will present several studies at the World Transplant Congress (WTC), held July 26-31 at the Moscone West Convention Center
7/18/2014Registration available for public forum on liver distribution concepts
 The OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee is sponsoring a forum to discuss concepts intended to increase equity in access to liver transplantation.
7/14/2014UNOS employee receives AOPO executive director’s award
 The Association for Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) has given UNOS biostatistician/senior performance analyst John Rosendale its 2014 executive director’s award.
7/10/2014100th living donor kidney transplant arranged through OPTN/UNOS Kidney Paired Donation Pilot Program
 A series of three living donor kidney transplants performed July 7, 2014, marked the 98th, 99th and 100th that were arranged through the OPTN/UNOS Kidney Paired Donation Pilot Program (KPDPP).
6/30/2014Liver Concept Questionnaire Deadline is July 11; Public forum to be held September 16
 The OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee continues to seek public input on a concept document addressing issues in liver distribution.
6/24/2014OPTN/UNOS Board approves initial policies regarding limb and face transplantation, new policies for pediatric heart allocation
 The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors, at its meeting June 23 and 24, unanimously approved the first national policies and standards for transplantation of limbs, faces and other structures collectively known as vascularized composite allografts (VCAs).
6/23/2014North Carolina Social Worker Honored with NDM Award for Excellence
 United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) presented Barbara Lee, M.S.W., of Greenville, N.C., the 2014 National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence in recognition of her work as a donation champion for more than two decades.
6/16/2014Input sought on Concept Document for Liver Distribution
 The OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee requests feedback from the transplant community, other stakeholders and the public regarding next steps to consider as it seeks to increase equity in access to liver transplantation.
6/11/2014Answering Patients’ Questions on Kidney, Pancreas Policy
 Big changes are occurring in kidney and pancreas allocation policy, and across the country transplant candidates and their caregivers want to make sure they understand what the changes may mean for them.
6/1/2014UNOS' 2013 Corporate Annual Report is Now Available Online
 2013 was a year of new beginnings.
5/28/2014Transplant immunosuppressant drugs to remain a Medicare Part D benefit
 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced May 23 that it would retain the existing “protected class” status for immunosuppressant medications available as a benefit under Medicare Part D coverage.
5/28/2014UNOS researchers contribute to study of likely improvements to kidney transplant outcomes
 Upcoming improvements to allocation of deceased donor kidneys for candidates in the U.S. will likely improve overall patient survival and lengthen kidney function, according to a study published online on May 15 by the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).
5/27/2014OPTN/UNOS leadership briefs Congressional staff members on key policy issues
 On May 21, UNOS Chief Executive Officer Brian Shepard and chairs of three OPTN/UNOS committees briefed staff members of the Congress of the United States on policy issues under discussion or implementation.
5/19/2014Average Daily Organ Placement On The Rise
 During April, staff of the UNOS Organ Center helped the transplant community place an average of 38.5 organs per day—an all-time monthly record.
5/9/2014Richmond Times-Dispatch profiles UNOS as a Top Workplace in Richmond region
 The Richmond Times-Dispatch has recognized UNOS as one of the Richmond area’s Top Workplaces in 2014.
3/27/2014Work group to address OPTN policy relating to HIV-positive organ recovery
 Richmond, Va. - Fifteen clinicians and professionals involved in organ donation and transplantation have been named to an Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) work group to consider OPTN policies that would need to be developed or revised to allow recovery of organs from HIV-positive donors.
3/26/2014Stephen Harms named UNOS Chief Operating Officer
  Stephen Harms has been selected as Chief Operating Officer of UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing).
3/24/2014Alex Tulchinsky named UNOS Chief Technology Officer
 Alex Tulchinsky has been selected as Chief Technology Officer of UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing).
3/21/2014UNOS celebrates 30th anniversary
 Thirty years ago, UNOS was incorporated as an independent, non-profit organization, committed to saving lives through uniting and supporting the efforts of donation and transplantation professionals.
3/20/2014In Memoriam: Kathe LeBeau and Nefeterius McPherson
 UNOS is saddened by the sudden passing this week of Katherine “Kathe” LeBeau and Nefeterius McPherson. Both were staunch and tireless advocates for donation and transplantation.
3/15/2014UNOS Transplant Management Forum Call for Abstracts
 United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Transplant Management Forum invites the submission of abstracts in the transplant administrative arena for presentation and award consideration.
3/14/2014OPTN Policy Proposals Available for Public Comment
 Seventeen proposals are being offered for public comment. These proposals were developed by OPTN/UNOS committees.
3/12/2014OPTN/UNOS Board places The Methodist Hospital on probation
 The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors has placed The Methodist Hospital on probation.
3/7/2014In Memoriam: William Pfaff, M.D.
 Dr. Pfaff was a true transplant pioneer and a creative force in many aspects of transplantation and organ donation.
3/6/2014OPTN/UNOS Officers and Board Members Elected
 First living kidney donor, non-clinician to become President-Elect.
3/3/2014Maureen McBride named UNOS Chief Contract Operations Officer
 United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) promoted Maureen McBride to Chief Contract Operations Officer.
2/14/2014UNOS researchers contribute to major new study assessing risk of end-stage kidney disease in prior living donors
 A study published in the Feb. 11 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association provides new information to help potential living donors and medical professionals understand more fully the potential risk of later end-stage kidney disease.