Recovery and Preservation


2022-2023 Executive Committee

Chair: Heidi Yeh, MD

Co-Chair: Jorge Mallea, MD

Past Chair: Korkut Uygun, PhD

Board Liaison: Burnett (Beau) Kelly, MD, MBA, FACS, FAST

Gregory Tietjen, PhD

Christopher Curran, CPTC CTBS CTOP

Paulo Martins, MD, PhD

Early Career: Jenna DiRito, PhD

Staff Liaison: Olivia Snow (


2022-2023 Initiatives

  • Establish workgroup to plan Controversies Conference on machine perfusion.

  • Establish workgroup for joint AST/ASTS preservation techniques project.

  • Implement strategies to increase COP and AST diversity.

  • Propose recovery and preservation sessions at ATC 2023, in collaboration with other COPs.

  • Joint webinar with other COP on recovery and preservation.

  •  Align EC and Advisory board membership based on the strategic plan and EC/advisory board membership plan approved in 2022

  • Survey and COP wide meeting to develop RAP COP curriculum

  • Populate RAP online library of member publications and non-member seminal articles in the field

  • Hold biannual to quarterly COP wide meetings


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