Communities of Practice

Recovery and Preservation


2017-2018 Executive Committee

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

Chair: Jedediah (Jedd) Lewis, JD
President & CEO
Organ Preservation Alliance

Co-Chair: Open

Board Liaison: Jon Kobashigawa, MD
DSL/Thomas D. Gordon Professor of Medicine
Associate Director, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Director, Advanced Heart Disease Section
Director, Heart Transplant Program

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

Kevin Myer, MSHA

Gloria Elliott, PhD
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of North Carolina Charlotte

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

Trainee Member: Mitchell Rostad, BS
Medical Student
Emory University School of Medicine

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 Institute of Technology

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

Sebastian Giwa, PhD, MBA
Director, Sylvatica Biotech

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

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