Board and committees

UNOS Board of Directors

​The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. UNOS board members are elected by a national vote of the entire membership and serve as volunteers without compensation. The Board provides fiduciary oversight for the organization in carrying out its mission, to include UNOS’ obligations in serving as the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. And the Board adopts a three year strategic plan to identify and prioritize key initiatives that will help us achieve our vision of a lifesaving transplant for everyone in need.

Board of Directors

President

Matthew Cooper, MD

Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation

Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute

Washington, DC

End term date 6/30/22

 

Vice President/President Elect

Jerry McCauley, MD, MPH, FACP

Director, Division of Nephrology/Capizzi Professor of Medicine

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Philadelphia, PA

End term date 6/30/22

 

Immediate Past President

David Mulligan, MD, FACS

Professor and Chief, Section of Transplantation and Immunology/Director

Yale New Haven Hospital

New Haven, CT

End term date 6/30/22

 

Treasurer

Bradley Kornfeld, JD

Managing Partner

Kornfeld Real Estate LLC

Cherry Hills Village, CO

End term date 6/30/23

 

Secretary

Lisa Stocks, RN, MSN, FNP

Executive Director

Lifesharing – A Donate Life Organization

San Diego, CA

End term date 6/30/22

 

Vice President for Patient and Donor Affairs

Mindy Dison, RN, BSN, CPTC

Enterprise Transplant Specialty Contract RN Care Coordinator

Mayo Clinic Florida

Jacksonville, FL

End term date 6/30/22

 

At Large

Alan Langnas, DO

Chief, Transplant Surgery

The Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, NE

End term date 6/30/22

 

At Large

Amishi Desai, DO

Director, Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Program

Loyola University Medical Center

Chicago, IL

End term date 6/30/22

 

At Large

Andrea Tietjen, MBA, CPA

AVP, Transplant Administrative Services

Saint Barnabas Medical Center

Livingston, NJ

End term date 6/30/23

 

At Large

Annette Jackson, PhD,  D(ABHI)

Lab Director

Clinical Transplantation Immunology Laboratory

Duke University Medical Center

Durham, NC

End term date 6/30/23

 

At Large

Celeste Williams, MD, FACC, MS

Medical Director, Cardiac Transplantation

Henry Ford Hospital

West Bloomfield, MI

End term date 6/30/22

 

At Large

Gail Stendahl, DNP, APNP, CCTC

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI

End term date 6/30/23

 

At Large

Jan Finn, RN, MSN

President/Chief Executive Officer

Midwest Transplant Network

Westwood, KS

End term date 6/30/23

 

At Large

Joseph Ferreira, MBA, CPTC, CPHQ

President/CEO

Nevada Donor Network

Las Vegas, NV

End term date 6/30/22

 

At Large

Leway Chen, MD, MPH, FACC, FACP

Director, Heart Failure & Transplantation

Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center

Rochester, NY

End term date 6/30/22

 

At Large

Linda Cendales, MD

Director, Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Program

Duke University Hospital

Durham, NC

End term date 6/30/22

 

At Large

Marian Michaels, MD, MPH

Professor

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

End term date 6/30/22

 

At Large

Pamela Gillette, MPH, RN, FACHE

Chief Clinical Officer

Guidry & East

Plano, TX

End term date 6/30/22

 

At Large

Patrick Wood, MD

Chief Medical Officer

LifeGift Organ Donation Center

Houston, TX

End term date 6/30/22

 

At Large

Stacee Lerret, PhD, RN, CPNP, AC, PC

Liver Transplant Coordinator

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI

End term date 6/30/22

 

At Large

William Hildebrand, PhD

Professor

HLA Laboratory at OU Medical Center

Oklahoma City, OK

End term date 6/30/22

 

General Public Representative

Christopher Woody

Richmond, VA

End term date 6/30/2024

 

General Public Representative

Earnest Davis, MHA, FACHE

Faculty

Governors State University

Bolingbrook, IL

End term date 6/30/23

 

General Public Representative

James Sharrock, JD, BA

Retired Counsel

McAfee & Taft

Edmond, OK

End term date 6/30/24

 

General Public Representative

Kimberly Rallis, BS, MHA

Executive Transplant Director

Jewish Hospital

Louisville, KY

End term date 6/30/22

 

General Public Representative

Laurel Avery

Manassas, VA

End term date 6/30/24

 

General Public Representative

Melissa McQueen

President

Transplant Families

Sun City, AZ

End term date 6/30/24

 

General Public Representative

Merry Smith, MBA

Director, Clinic Operations

SSM Health Maternal Fetal Medicine

Richmond Heights, MO

End term date 6/30/23

 

General Public Representative

Pono Shim

CEO

Oahu Economic Development Board

Honolulu, HI

End term date 6/30/23

 

General Public Representative

Valinda Jones, MSN, RN

President & CEO

Transplant Education Connection

Atlanta, GA

End term date 6/30/22

 

Minority Transplant Representative

Irene Kim, MD

Surgical Director, Kidney Transplantation

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

End term date 6/30/23

 

Region 1 Councillor

Richard Formica, MD

Professor of Medicine and Surgery

Yale New Haven Hospital

New Haven, CT

End term date 6/30/23

 

Region 2 Councillor

Adam Frank, MD, FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Philadelphia, PA

End term date 6/30/23

 

Region 3 Councillor

Keith Wille, MD, MSPH

Professor of Medicine

University of Alabama Hospital

Birmingham, AL

6/30/22

 

Region 4 Councillor

Jeffrey Orlowski, MS, CPTC

Chief Executive Officer

LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK

End term date 6/30/22

 

Region 5 Councillor

William Bry, MD

Director, Kidney Transplantation

California Pacific Medical Center-Van Ness Campus

Greenbrae, CA

End term date 6/30/22

 

Region 6 Councillor

Patrick Healey, MD

Division Chief, Pediatric Transplant

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Seattle, WA

End term date 6/30/22

 

Region 7 Councillor

Edward Hollinger, MD, PhD

Surgical Director of Kidney Transplant

Rush University Medical Center

Chicago, IL

End term date 6/30/23

 

Region 8 Councillor

Clifford Miles, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Medicine-Nephrology

The Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, NE

End term date 6/30/23

 

Region 9 Councillor

Maryjane Farr, MD

Medical Director, Heart Transplant Program

NY Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

New York, NY

End term date 6/30/23

 

Region 10 Councillor

Jonathan Fridell, MD

Chief of Abdominal Transplant Surgery

Indiana University Health

Indianapolis, IN

End term date 6/30/23

 

Region 11 Councillor

David Gerber, MD

Chief, Abdominal Transplant Surgery

University of North Carolina Hospitals

Chapel Hill, NC

End term date 6/30/23

 

Ex Officio (Non Voting)

Brian Shepard

Chief Executive Officer

UNOS

Richmond, VA

 

Board Liaison

Susie Sprinson

Board Liaison

UNOS

Richmond, VA

Volunteers shape the national transplant system

Volunteers support UNOS’ mission, vision and values. To apply for the Board, visit the get involved page.

Committee meetings

The health and safety of OPTN members is a priority for UNOS. All OPTN committee meetings scheduled through the end of October, will be held virtually. A list of all scheduled meetings will be updated on the calendar of events to reflect the update.

Code of conduct for OPTN meetings and for UNOS meetings

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UNOS Committees of the Board

The following committees advise the UNOS Board. Members include UNOS Board members as well as non-Board members with subject matter expertise as non-voting Advisors.

UNOS Corporate Affairs Committee

The UNOS Corporate Affairs Committee (CAC) acts as a governing body for all UNOS corporate matters and continues the work of the UNOS Board of Directors between meetings. The CAC oversees the actions of the UNOS corporate Finance Committee and IT Advisory Committee. The CAC develops a strategic plan for the corporation and oversees its execution. It identifies strategic priorities, manages organizational risks, and sets standards for organizational performance. It also oversees the work of the corporation in fulfilling the terms of the OPTN contract with the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Chair

Matthew Cooper​, MD

Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute

UNOS Finance Committee

The UNOS Finance Committee reports to the Corporate Affairs Committee. The Finance Committee reviews financial policies, goals, and budgets that support the mission, values, and strategic plan of UNOS. The Committee reviews UNOS’ financial performance against its short-term and long-term goals, as set forth in the UNOS Strategic Plan. The Committee is responsible for securing the annual audit, and reviews corporate investment policies and investment performance on a routine basis.

Chair

Bradley Kornfeld, JD

General Public Member

UNOS IT Advisory Committee

​The Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) of the UNOS Board of Directors reports to the Corporate Affairs Committee. The ITAC provides oversight duties for UNOS IT operations as well as providing external expertise to UNOS’ Information Technology executive management. The ITAC assists the CAC in development of a strategic plan for Information Technology (IT) needs of the corporation and oversees the execution of the IT plan. The ITAC identifies strategic priorities in IT, and assists the CAC in setting standards for organizational IT performance. It also oversees the work of the corporation in fulfilling the IT-related requirements of the OPTN contract.

Chair

Kimberly Rallis, BS, MHA

Jewish Hospital

OPTN Board and committees

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Board of Directors, a group of 41 elected members, is the governing body that oversees and participates in developing policies for operating the OPTN that provide equitable organ allocation to patients registered on the national waiting list, ensure quality standards for membership, and establish data submission requirements. The same board that serves the OPTN also serves UNOS, the organization that holds the contract to operate the OPTN.

Learn more about the OPTN.

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