Recovery and Preservation


2021-2022 Executive Committee

Staff Liaison: Anne Kreiss, CAE (
Senior Communities of Practice Manager
American Society of Transplantation

Chair: Heidi Yeh, MD
Surgical Director of the Pediatric Transplant Program
Massachusetts General Hospital

Co-Chair: Jorge Mallea, MD
Mayo Clinic

Past Chair: Korkut Uygun, PhD
Assistant Professor of Surgery (Bioengineering)
Harvard Medical School

Board Liaison: Burnett (Beau) Kelly, MD, MBA, FACS, FAST
Surgical Director - Transplant Surgeon
DCI Donor Services, Inc.

Patricia Niles, RN
President, Chief Executive Officer
Southwest Transplant Alliance

Gregory Tietjen, PhD
Assistant Professor
Yale University

Gordon Bowen, MS

Early Career: Siavash Raigani, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital

Advisory Board

David Klassen, MD, Chief Medical Officer
United Network of Organ Sharing

Alvin Roth, PhD, Professor of Economics
Stanford University

James Markmann, MD, Chief of Transplantation
Massachusetts General Hospital

Robert Langer, PhD, Professor of Bioengineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lori West MD, Director
Canadian National Transplant Research Program

David Sachs, MD, Professor of Immunology
Harvard Medical School

David Hartell, MA, Executive Director
Canadian National Transplant Research Program

Gerald Brandacher, MD, Scientific Director,
Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Program
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Utkan Demirci, PhD, Professor of Radiology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Jason Acker, PhD, Past President
Society for Cryobiology

Jayan Nagendran, MD, PhD
Director of Research, Division of Cardiac Surgery
University of Alberta

John Bischof, PhD
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Minnesota

Matthew Wadsworth, MBA
Vice President of Clinical Affairs
Nevada Donor Network

Gina Dunne Smith
Executive Director, International Institute for the
Advancement of Medicine

Kevin Myer, MSHA
President and CEO
LifeGift Organ Donation Center

David Nelson, MD
Chief of Heart Transplant Medicine
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center of Oklahoma

2021-2022 Initiatives

  • Hold a COP-wide discussion to brainstorm ways to build on the existing recommendations for the financial and logistical issues that must be addressed for widespread implementation of new preservation technologies

  • Hold a COP-wide discussion to brainstorm ways to develop networking opportunities for organ perfusion and preservation researchers

  • Assemble COP member nominations and propose sessions at ATC 2022 on recovery and preservation topics, in collaboration with other COPs

  • Propose joint session on preservation and funding at an international conference

  • Assemble a publicly available report from existing UNOS STARfile/SRTR data on heart, liver, and lung perfusion in clinical practice (e.g., donor characteristics, outcomes), which can be updated every 6 months to 1 year

  • Create one or more reports or perspective articles on concrete goals for early clinical implementation of technologies that can extend heart, liver, and kidney preservation times from hours to multiple days. These will be based on structured interviews with transplant physicians, surgeons, and organ procurement personnel, likely in collaboration with other relevant COPs

  • Assemble COP member nominations and proposed AST journal club topics for 2021-2022, in collaboration with other COPs

  • Develop COP advisory board membership plan within executive committee meetings

  • Codify EC membership election plan within executive committee meetings

  • Develop RAP COP nomination plan within executive committee meetings.