Richmond, Va. — Members of the national organ donation and transplantation community have elected 26 members to the OPTN/UNOS board of directors, including a new president, vice-president/president-elect, vice president for patient and donor affairs, and secretary. United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) serves as the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) under federal contract.
All board members are uncompensated volunteers and serve terms ranging from one to three years, depending on the office to which they are elected. Their terms of service begin on July 1, 2016.
Stuart C. Sweet, M.D., Ph.D., currently the Vice President/President-Elect, will assume the presidency. He is medical director of the pediatric lung transplant program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the W. McKim Marriott professor of pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis.
Yolanda T. Becker, M.D., will become the organization’s Vice President/President-Elect. She is a professor of surgery and director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at University of Chicago Medicine.
Kenyon W. Murphy, J.D., will become the organization’s Vice President for Patient and Donor Affairs. He is a liver recipient.
Dianne LaPointe Rudow, APN-BC, DNP, CCTC, will become the organization’s Secretary. She is director of the Zweig Family Center for Living Donation and associate professor in the department of population, health science and policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Other newly elected members are as follows:
Immediate Past President – Betsy J. Walsh, J.D., M.P.H.
Region 1 Councillor – David A. Axelrod, M.D., M.B.A., Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center
Region 3 Councillor – Thomas C. Pearson, M.D., D.Phil., Emory University Hospital
Region 4 Councillor – Adam W. Bingaman, M.D., Ph.D., Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital
Region 5 Councillor – Lisa Stocks, RN, M.S.N., FNP, Lifesharing
Region 6 Councillor – Christian S. Kuhr, M.D., Virginia Mason Medical Center
Region 7 Councillor – David C. Cronin, M.D., Ph.D., Medical College of Wisconsin
Region 9 Councillor – Lewis W. Teperman, M.D., New York University Medical Center
Thoracic Transplant Professional Representative – Jonathan M. Chen, M.D., Seattle Children’s Hospital
At Large Physician/Surgeon Representatives:
- Kim M. Olthoff, M.D., Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
- Peter G. Stock, M.D., UCSF Medical Center
- W. Kenneth Washburn, M.D., Ohio State University Medical Center
At Large Representative – Carrie Lindower, RN, M.B.A., CPTC, CCTC, SUNY HSC at Stony Brook
At Large OPO Representative – Alexandra K. Glazier, J.D., M.P.H., New England Organ Bank
Medical/Scientific Organization Representatives:
- Michael G. Ison, M.D., Northwestern Memorial Hospital
- Mitchell L. Henry, M.D., Ohio State University Medical Center
Histocompatibility Representative – Michael D. Gautreaux, Ph.D., Wake Forest University School of Medicine
OPO Representative – Gordon R. Bowen, M.S., LifeBanc
Transplant Coordinator Representative – John Belcher, B.S., CCEMT-P, CPTC, New England Organ Bank
Patient and Donor Affairs and Voluntary Health Organization Representatives:
- Willie J. Oler, Ed.D.
- Elizabeth A. Schumacher, J.D.
- Mary Kathleen Schwab, B.S.N., CCTC
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) serves as the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) by contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Transplantation. The OPTN brings together medical professionals, transplant recipients and donor families to develop national organ transplantation policy.