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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 in Delaware

Vice Chair

David A. Pierson, PhD, Donor Family Member
Recently retired as President, The Pierson Group.

Treasurer & Secretary

Sean Dukes, Heart Recipient & Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Immediate Past Chair

Glen D. Moffet, 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. 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

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

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

Marshall Z. Schwartz, MD, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Surgeon-in-Chief for Pediatric Surgery, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Past Chairman of Gift of Life Governing Board

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


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

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

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
Chief, Abdominal Organ Transplant, Temple University Hospital

Stephanie Fuller, 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
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

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

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

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 in Atlantic City, New Jersey

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 in Dayton, Ohio

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


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, City of Philadelphia.
Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia. Rich's mother is a liver recipient.

Additional Members

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

Giving Life a Second Chance

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Since 1974, Gift of Life Donor Program has helped hundreds of thousands of patients through organ and tissue donation.

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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 2017 Dash

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The 22nd Annual Donor Dash is designed to help promote organ and tissue donation and highlight the success of transplantation.

April 2, 2017.

Learn more about the event and register today!

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