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UNOS welcomes new board members

UNOS welcomes new board members

Members of the national organ donation and transplantation community have elected 22 people to the UNOS Board of Directors, including a new president, vice president/president-elect, vice president for patient and donor affairs, and secretary. 

All board members are volunteers and serve terms ranging from one to three years, depending on the office to which they are elected. Their terms of service begin July 1.


David Mulligan, M.D., FACS, currently the vice president/president-elect, will assume the presidency. He is chief of transplantation surgery and immunology at Yale New Haven Health.

Matthew Cooper, M.D., FACS, will become the vice president/president-elect. He is the director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Mindy Dison, RN, BSN, CPTC, will become the vice president for patient and donor affairs. She is a kidney transplant recipient as well as a family member of a deceased donor and works as a transplant coordinator at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Lisa Stocks, RN, MSN, FNP, will become the secretary. She is the executive director of Lifesharing.

Other newly elected members are as follows:


Immediate Past President

Maryl Johnson, M.D., UW Health


Regional Councillors

Region 3 councillor — Keith Wille, M.D., M.S.P.H., UAB Hospital

Region 4 councillor — Jeffrey Orlowski, LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma

Region 6 councillor — Patrick Healey, M.D., Seattle Children’s Hospital


At-Large Representatives

Patient and donor affairs representative, Living Donor — Pono Shim

Patient and donor affairs representative, Transplant Recipient — Earnest Davis, M.H.A., FACHE

Patient and donor affairs representative, Donor Family — Merry Smith, M.B.A.

At-Large Non-MD, Transplant Administrator — Pamela Gillette, M.P.H., RN, Guidry & East

At large MD,  Surgery — Linda Cendales, M.D., Duke University Medical Center

At large MD,  Surgery — R. Patrick Wood, M.D., LifeGift

At large MD, Medicine — Amishi Desai, D.O., Loyola University Medical Center

At large MD, Medicine — Celeste Williams, M.D., FACC, M.S., Henry Ford Health System

At large MD, Medicine — Leway Chen, M.D., M.P.H., FACC, FACP, Strong Memorial Hospital


Society Representatives

NATCO Representative — Stacee Lerret, Ph.D., RN, CPNP, FAAN, Children’s Wisconsin

AOPO Representative — Joseph Ferreira, M.B.A., CPTC, CPHQ, Nevada Donor Network

AST Representative — Marian Michaels, M.D., M.P.H., UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

ASTS Representative — Alan Langnas, D.O., Nebraska Medicine

Histocompatibility Representative (ASHI) — William Hildebrand, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Learn more about the incoming board members.

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