Gwen McNatt, PhD, MS, CNN
Transplant Administration and Nurse Practitioner
University of Iowa undergrad, NP/MS – University of Illinois, Chicago, PhD – Loyola University Chicago
Director, Operations, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Organ Transplant Program; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University
PI on a nursing research project looking at use of animal assisted activities in the MICU, several process improvement projects, immediate past chair of Transplant Admin/Quality COP
What made you decide to work in transplantation?:
I was actually interested in teaching home dialysis but ended up on a renal transplant floor after I graduated and I fell in love with the miracle of transplantation.
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work?:
I see living donors post donation. I enjoy patient contact. I also enjoy mentoring new leaders in the organization.
How have you served AST?:
I have been on the exec committee of the Tx/QA COP for (I think) 7 years due to some early departures of other leaders. I appreciate the networking opportunities and the relationships that I have established. I am very interested in influencing regulatory policy and AST has given me great opportunities in that arena.
I am a diehard Iowa Hawkeye fan, particularly football. I attend almost every game, home and away. I had a 13 year plus streak of not missing a game until last fall when I had to miss a game to be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. Go Hawks!