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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

Jerry McCauley

Director, Division of Nephrology/Capizzi Professor of Medicine

Thomas Jefferson Univ Hosp

Philadelphia, PA

End term date June 30, 2023

 

VICE PRESIDENT

Dianne LaPointe Rudow

Mount Sinai Med Center

New York, NY

End term date June 30, 2023

 

VICE PRESIDENT FOR PATIENT/DONOR AFFAIRS

Valinda Jones

Quality Coordinator

General Public Region 4

Missouri City, TX

End term date June 30, 2024

 

SECRETARY

Linda Cendales

Director, Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Program

Duke University Hospital

Durham, NC

End term date June 30, 2024

 

TREASURER

Bradley Kornfeld

Managing Partner

General Public Region 8

Cherry Hills Village, CO

End term date June 30, 2023

 

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Matthew Cooper

Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation

Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institu

Washington, DC

End term date June 30, 2023

 

REGION 1 COUNCILLOR

Richard Formica, Jr

Professor of Medicine and Surgery

Yale New Haven Hosp

New Haven, CT

End term date June 30, 2023

 

REGION 2 COUNCILLOR

Adam Frank

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Thomas Jefferson Univ Hosp

Philadelphia, PA

End term date June 30, 2023

 

REGION 3 COUNCILLOR

Virginia (Ginny) McBride

Executive Director

OurLegacy

Orlando, FL

End term date June 30, 2024

 

REGION 4 COUNCILLOR

Jeffrey Orlowski

Chief Executive Officer

LifeShare Transplant Donor Svcs of OK

Oklahoma City, OK

End term date June 30, 2023

 

REGION 5 COUNCILLOR

Mark Barr

Co-Director, USC Transplant Institute

Keck Hospital of USC

Los Angeles, CA

End term date June 30, 2024

 

REGION 6 COUNCILLOR

Willscott Naugler

Medical Director, OHSU Liver Transplant Program

Oregon Health and Science University

Portland, OR

End term date June 30, 2024

 

REGION 7 COUNCILLOR

Edward Hollinger

Surgical Director of Kidney Transplant

Rush University Med Ctr

Chicago, IL

End term date June 30, 2023

 

REGION 8 COUNCILLOR

Clifford Miles

Associate Professor of Medicine-Nephrology

The Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, NE

End term date June 30, 2023

 

REGION 9 COUNCILLOR

Nicole Hayde

Medical Director, Pediatric Kidney Transplant

Montefiore Medical Center

Bronx, NY

End term date June 30, 2024

 

REGION 10 COUNCILLOR

Jonathan Fridell

Chief of Abdominal Transplant Surgery

Indiana University Health

Indianapolis, IN

End term date June 30, 2023

 

REGION 11 COUNCILLOR

David Gerber

Chief, Abdominal Transplant Surgery

UNC Hospitals

Chapel Hill, NC

End term dateJune 30, 2023

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Laurel Avery

General Public Region 11

Manassas, VA

End term date June 30, 2024

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Earnest Davis

General Public Region 10

Cincinnati, OH

End term date June 30, 2023

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Robert Goodman

GPM Robert Goodman

Westampton, NJ

End term date June 30, 2023

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Kelley Hitchman

Section Chief, HLA

Histo & Immunogenetics Lab

San Antonio, TX

End term date June 30, 2025

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Heather Hunt

Executive Director

General Public Region 1

Barnstable, MA

End term date June 30, 2025

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Melissa McQueen

President

Transplant Families

Sun City, AZ

End term date June 30, 2024

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

James Sharrock

Retired Counsel

General Public Region 4

Edmond, OK

End term date June 30, 2024

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Merry Smith

Director, Business Development

General Public Region 8

Greenville, SC

End term date June 30, 2023

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Christopher Woody

General Public Region 11

Richmond, VA

End term date June 30, 2024

 

MINORITY TRANSPLANT REPRESENTATIVE

Irene Kim

Cedars-Sinai Med Center

Los Angeles, CA

End term date June 30, 2023

 

AT LARGE

Maryjane Farr

Medical Director Heart Transplant

UT Southwestern Medical Center/

Dallas, TX

End term date June 30, 2024

 

AT LARGE

Jan Finn

President/Chief Executive Officer

Midwest Transplant Network

Westwood, KS

End term date June 30, 2023

 

AT LARGE

Manish Gandhi

Director, Tissue Typing Lab

Tissue Typing Lab at Mayo Clinic

Rochester, MN

End term date June 30, 2024

 

AT LARGE

Wendy Garrison

Procurement Coordinator

Lifesharing – A Donate Life Org.

San Diego, CA

End term date June 30, 2024

 

AT LARGE

Evelyn Hsu

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Seattle, WA

End term date June 30, 2024

 

AT LARGE

Annette Jackson

Lab Director

Clinical Transplantation Immunology

Durham, NC

End term date June 30, 2023

 

AT LARGE

Alan Langnas

Chief, Transplant Surgery

The Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, NE

End term date June 30, 2024

 

AT LARGE

Barry Massa

Executive Director

LifeCenter Organ Donor Network

Cincinnati, OH

End term date June 30, 2024

 

AT LARGE

Lloyd Ratner

Director, Renal & Pancreatic Transplantation

New York-Presbyterian/Columbia

New York, NY

End term date June 30, 2024

 

AT LARGE

Meg Rogers

Director of Transplant Center Relations

LifeSource Upper Midwest OPO

Minneapolis, MN

End term date June 30, 2024

 

AT LARGE

Gail Stendahl

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Childrens Hosp of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI

End term date June 30, 2023

 

AT LARGE

Stuart Sweet

Med. Director, Pediatric Lung Transplant Program

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

St. Louis, MO

End term date June 30, 2024

 

AT LARGE

Andrea Tietjen

AVP, Transplant Administrative Services

St Barnabas Medical Center

Livingston, NJ

End term date June 30, 2023

 

AT LARGE

Bryan Whitson

Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation

Ohio State Univ Med Ctr

Columbus, OH

End term date June 30, 2024

 

AT LARGE

Daniel Yip

Cardiologist

Mayo Clinic Hospital Florida

Jacksonville, FL

End term date June 30, 2024

 

EX OFFICIO (Non Voting)

Brian Shepard

Chief Executive Officer

UNOS

Richmond, VA

End term date September 30, 2022

 

BOARD LIAISON

Susie Sprinson

UNOS

Richmond, VA

End term date June 30, 2025

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. The list of all scheduled meetings will be updated on the calendar of events to reflect updates related to in-person vs. virtual meetings.

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

Jerry McCauley MD, MPH, FACP

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

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

Kornfeld Real Estate, LLC

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

Edward Hollinger, MD, PhD

Rush University Medical Center

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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