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Through Organ & Tissue Donation

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Governing and Medical Advisory Boards

The following individuals and organizations play an essential role in providing guidance for Gift of Life Donor Program's services and programs.



Gerard J. Fulda, MD, Chair, Department of Surgery, Christiana Care Health System.

Vice Chair

David A. Pierson, PhD, donor family member & President, The Pierson Group

Treasurer & Secretary

Sean Dukes, heart recipient & Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Immediate Past Chair

Glen D. Moffett,Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel, WellSpan Health

Honorary Chair

Clyde F. Barker,MD Chairman Emeritus, Department of Surgery & Transplant Surgeon, Donald Guthrie Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA


Martha AndersonExecutive Vice President of Donor Services
Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation

Alan C. Brechbill Executive Director
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Laurene Cianfrani Director of Operations
American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services

Marshall Z. Schwartz,MD, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Surgeon-in-Chief for Pediatric Surgery
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Radi Zaki, MD, Chairman, Division of Transplantation
Albert Einstein Medical Center

President/CEO is ex-officio voting member:

Howard M. Nathan President & CEO
Gift of Life Donor Program, Philadelphia, PA



Jennifer R. Axelband, DO, Director, Medical Critical Care/Emergency Medicine
St. Luke's Hospital

Vice Chair

Ryan R. Davies, MD, Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgeon
Nemours Cardiac Center

Representatives of Transplant Centers

Lynsey Biondi, MD, Chief, Pancreas Transplantation
Lehigh Valley Hospital

Edward Cantu III, MD, Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation
University of Pennsylvania Health System

Ryan R. Davies, MD, Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgeon
A.I. DuPont Nemours Cardiac Center

Antonio DiCarlo, MD, Chief Abdominal Organ Transplant Surgery
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

StephanieFuller, MD, Attending Surgeon, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Kamran Khanmoradi, MD, Section Chief, Pancreas Transplantation
Albert Einstein Medical Center

Anil Kotru, MD, Abdominal Transplant Surgeon
Geisinger Medical Center

Warren R. Maley, MD, Director, Live Donor Liver Transplant Program, Department of Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Cosme Manzarbeitia, MD, Director of Transplantation
Crozer-Chester Medical Center

Seth C. Narins, MD, Transplant Surgeon
Pinnacle Health System - Harrisburg Hospital

Carlo Ramirez, MD, Program Director, Kidney Transplantation
Lankenau Medical Center

David J. Reich, MD, Chief, Division of Multi-Organ Transplantation and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery
Hahnemann University Hospital

Velma P. Scantlebury, MD, Associate Chief of Transplant Surgery
Cristiana Care Medical Center

R. Ali Shah, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Transplantation
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Yoshiya Toyoda, MD, PhD, Surgical Director, Heart and Lung Transplantation & Chief, Cardiothorasic Surgery
Temple University Hospital

Category of Representation

Hospital Administrators

Margaret A. Belfield, BSN, MSN, Chief Operating Officer
Atlanticare Medical Center

Barbara Wadsworth, RN, MSN, Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer
Main Line Health System

Tissue/Eye Bank

Diane L. Wilson, BSN, MSN/MHA, Chief Operating Officer, Tissue Services
Community Tissue Services

ICU or Emergency Room

Jennifer R. Axelband, DO, Director, Medical Critical Care/Emergency Medicine
St. Luke's Hospital

Voluntary Health Organization

LisaSchieffert, Director, Health Policy
Delaware Healthcare Association

Neuroscience Field

Matthew D. Vibbert,MD, Asst. Professor, Neurological Surgery & Neurology
Thomas Jefferson University/Neuroscience

Histocompatibility Field

Beth Colombe, PhD, Director, Immunogenetics & Tissue Typing Laboratory
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


Emily A. Blumberg,MD, Director, Transplant Infectious Diseases
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Stuart H. Fine, DHA, Past President & CEO, Grand View Hospital Past President, Delaware Healthcare Council

Bishop Ernest McNear, Founder, True Gospel Tabernacle Church

Ian Hood, MD, Chief Medical Examiner, Burlington County, NJ & Forensic Pathologist for Chester and Montgomery Counties, PA.

Organ Donor Family Member or Living Donor

Linda Barrasse, MD, Donor Mom, Cardiologist Expert, American College of Cardiology, Pennsylvania Chapter

Individuals awaiting organ transplant or organ recipient or family member of either

Rich Negrin, Deputy Mayor of Adminitration and Coordination & Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia
Rich's son is aliver recipient.

Register for the 2015 Dash

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The 20th Annual Donor Dash is designed to help promote organ and tissue donation and highlight the success of transplantation.

April 19, 2015.

Learn more about the event and register today!


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Gift of Life Family House

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Lodging and Support

Thousands of patients come to Philadelphia hospitals every year needing life-saving organ transplants. Family House will provide critically needed support programs and temporary lodging for organ transplant patients and their families.

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