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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.



David A. Pierson, PhD, donor family member and former President

The Pierson Group

Vice Chair

Alan L. Brechbill, MBA, MHA, Executive Director of Hospital Operations

Penn State Health

Treasurer & Secretary

Sean Dukes, Heart Recipient and Corporate Vice President of Quality for the Triumph Group, Inc.

Immediate Past Chair

Gerard J. Fulda, MD, Chair, Department of Surgery

Christiana Care Health System

Honorary Chairman & Co-Founder

Clyde F. Barker, MD Chairman Emeritus, Department of Surgery & Transplant Surgeon, Donald Guthrie Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Co-Founder, Greater Delaware Valley Society of Transplant Surgeons. Previously served as Gift of Life Donor Program Governing Board Chair.


Martha Anderson, Executive Vice President of Donor Services
Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation
Has served on Gift of Life's Governing & MAPB Boards since 1999

Laurene Cianfrani, Director of Operations
American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Foundation
Has served on Gift of Life's MAPB for 3 years prior to joining the Governing Board.

*Stuart H. Fine, DHA, Director of the Healthcare Management Program

Fox School of Business, Temple University

Marshall Z. Schwartz, MD, Former Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Transplant Surgeon

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Past Chairman of Gift of Life Governing Board

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

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

*New Member


Howard M. Nathan, President & CEO
Gift of Life Donor Program
Joined Gift of Life Donor Program in 1978, became Executive Director in 1984



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

Vice Chair

Linda Barrasse, MD, Donor Mom, Cardiologist Expert

American College of Cardiology, Pennsylvania Chapter

Immediate Past Chair

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

Representatives of Transplant Centers

Christian Bermudez, MD, Chief, Thoracic Transplant Surgery

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

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 – Temple University Hospital

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

Stephen Guy, MD, FACS, Director, Kidney Transplant Program

Hahnemann University Hospital

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

Anil Kotru, MD, Abdominal Transplant Surgeon
Geisinger Medical Center

Patty. T. Liu, MD, Transplant Surgeon
Lehigh Valley Hospital

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
Former Chairman of Gift of Life's Board of Directors

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

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

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

Rajeev Sharma, FACS, Assistant Professor of Surgery & Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Programs

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Suresh Keshavamurthy, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery and a Thoracic Transplant Surgeon

Temple University Medical Center

Category of Representation

Hospital Administrators

Margaret A. Belfield, BSN, MSN, Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President, Atlanticare, a member of Geisinger Health System.

Terry Reilly, DNP, RN, SVP, Patient Services & Chief Nursing Officer

Abington Health

Tissue/Eye Bank

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

ICU or Emergency Room

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

Voluntary Health Organization

Lisa Schieffert, 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


Bishop Ernest McNear, D. Min., 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,Son of a liver recipient and Partner

Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel

Additional Members

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

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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.


Register for the Donor Dash

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Donor Dash – April 15!

SAVE THE DATE! The 23rd Annual Donor Dash will be SUNDAY, APRIL 15 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Registration is now open.

The 2018 Donor Dash will feature 10K and 5K runs, a 3K walk, and a Kids Fun Run. This special event attracts people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

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