An inclusive, nationwide search for the next Chief Executive Officer is underway
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is conducting a national search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer. UNOS is the engine that powers the nation’s organ donation and transplant system under contract with the federal government.
UNOS’ next CEO will work collaboratively with the donation and transplant community, federal partners, Congress, and others to pursue projects and initiatives that build on ongoing successes while confronting the challenges facing the nation’s organ donation and transplant system. This includes leading the organization into a future, focusing on patient engagement, equity, innovation and driving increases in lifesaving transplants.
The national search process is being conducted by a search committee at the direction of the UNOS Board of Directors and facilitated by Spencer Stuart, a global leader in executive searches with decades of experience. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has also been involved in the process and will continue to provide feedback, as will members of the wider donation and transplant community.
“We are committed to ensuring that all players in the system – patients, professionals and everyone else involved in our lifesaving mission – are represented in this process,” said Jerry McCauley, M.D., the President of the UNOS Board and the head of the candidate search committee. “We want to make sure that we’re inviting voices from different communities, experiences, and perspectives, and substantively incorporating that feedback into our process.”
Maureen McBride, Ph.D. is currently serving as Interim CEO of UNOS and remains committed to focusing on continued system-wide advancement, including patient engagement and empowerment; advocating for holistic, evidence-based, patient-centered policy solutions at the federal level; and maximizing opportunities to better support research into equitable access to care.
UNOS sought anonymous feedback from nearly 100 individuals to develop a representative candidate profile. These individuals are all actively engaged in the donation and transplant community, have experience in governance roles and have relevant knowledge of current issues and challenges facing the national system. These individuals also represented a broad spectrum of the donation and transplant community, covering an array of expertise, areas of involvement, backgrounds and perspectives and included patients, physicians, professionals, advocates and others.
UNOS looks forward to completing the process and announcing the new CEO in the spring of 2023.
“We have welcomed and will continue to welcome any and all ideas and feedback from members of the donation and transplant system,” McCauley said. “This inclusive process will result in a chosen candidate who is eager to lead a national organization of more than 400 employees, successfully compete for the next OPTN contract, convene the community, collaborate with partners at all levels and reach across barriers to drive continuous improvement.”
We look forward to completing the process and announcing the new CEO in the spring of 2023. If you have questions or ideas as UNOS continues to conduct this national search, please send your feedback to [email protected].