Barbara A. Bianchi, RN, BS
Manager, Clinical Business Development – WellStar Community Hospice, GABarbara Bianchi began her nursing experience by learning the basics of med/surg. From there, she graduated to ICU/ER, finally moving to invasive cardiology/electrophysiology for several years. For ten years, she served as an organ procurement coordinator in upstate New York. Later, Barbara re-entered nursing at Emory University and served as a clinical coordinator on the lung transplant team, and eventually spent several years at LifeLink of Georgia as the professional services manager. Now in her fifth year at WellStar Hospice, Barbara currently manages the RN liaisons for hospice and oversees the RNs in the intake department. She also leads and participates in the development of new initiatives, such as the Hospice/OPO partnership between LifeLink and WellStar.
Lynn Boyle, MSN, RN, CCRN
Nurse Manager, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Department of Nursing and Clinical Care Services – Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PALynn Boyle graduated from Villanova University School of Nursing in 1992 with her BSN, and received her MSN in 2012, where she was awarded the Clare Manfredi Outstanding Leadership Award in Graduate Nursing Studies. Lynn began her career in 1992 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a staff nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Beginning in 1994, she transitioned into the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit serving as an expert and leader within the Critical Care Nurisng domain for over 25 years. Most recently, Lynn has assumed the role of the Nurse Manager of the PICU at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Lynn is active in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). She has given multiple presentations around the country regarding a variety Critical Care Nursing topics.
Laura Cartwright, PhD, MPH
Manager, Research Science – UNOS, VALaura Cartwright is a Manager and Research Scientist in the UNOS Research Department. She manages team of research analysts and scientists and is currently serving as the UNOS Research Department liaison to the OPTN Living Donor Committee. As a Behavioral Scientist, Laura develops and supports behavioral research done to advance the field of organ transplantation at UNOS.
Niraj M. Desai, MD, FACS
Surgical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant – Johns Hopkins Hospital, MDNiraj M. Desai, MD, FACS, is the Surgical Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program and specializes in abdominal transplantation at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Desai joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Desai completed his General Surgery residency and Transplantation Surgery fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. His major focus is leading the kidney transplant program at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In addition, he directs the islet isolation efforts for patients undergoing total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplant.
Jonathan Elmer, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Departments of Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Neurology – University of Pittsburgh, PA
Co-Director, UPMC Organ Donor Support Team
Rondi B. Gelbard, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery – Emory University School of Medicine, GARondi Gelbard, MD, received her medical degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, after which she completed a general surgery residency at NY Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center. Her postgraduate training also included a clinical fellowship in surgical critical care at the University of Miami/Ryder Trauma Center and a clinical fellowship in trauma at the LAC + USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. Since joining the Emory Department of Surgery at Grady in 2013, she has been involved in the creation of policies and interdisciplinary guidelines in support of standardization of practices in the surgical ICU. She was appointed Associate Medical Director of the SICU in 2016 and Associate Program Director of the Surgical Critical Care fellowship in 2017. She co-chairs the Donation Advisory Council at Grady, is an active member of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance and was recently selected to serve on the Alliance Donation Leadership Council.
David Greer, MD, MA, FCCM, FAHA, FNCS, FAAN
Chair and Chief of Neurology – Boston Medical Center, MADavid Greer, MD, received his BA in English Literature from Williams College, received his MD from the University of Florida, his Master of Arts in English Literature also from the University of Florida, and a Master of Arts privatim, from Yale University. He completed his internship and residency in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), followed by fellowship training in vascular neurology and neurocritical care, also at MGH. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School before being recruited to Yale University School of Medicine in 2010, where he most recently served as Professor of Neurology and Clinical Vice Chairman before joining Boston University School of Medicine as Professor and Chairman of Neurology. He is also the Richard B. Slifka Chief of Neurology at Boston Medical Center.
Dr. Greer is the editor-in-chief of both Neurocritical Care On Call and Seminars in Neurology. He serves as a reviewer for several journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Brain, Neurology, and Stroke. He is a fellow of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Academy of Neurology, American Heart Association, American Neurological Association and Neurocritical Care Society. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, reviews, chapters, guidelines and books.
His research interests include predicting recovery from coma after cardiac arrest, brain death, and multiple stroke-related topics, including acute stroke treatment, temperature modulation and stroke prevention. He is a leader in the Neurocritical Care Society, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Stroke Association.
Cynthia Gries, MD, MSc
Medical Director of Lung Transplant – AdventHealth, FLCynthia Gries, MD, came to the AdventHealth Transplant Institute in September of 2015 from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she served as the assistant professor of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at the John’s Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and her pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Gries also received her master of science in epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is actively involved in research, with her main focus being on improving the long-term outcomes in lung transplant patients.
Justin J. Hanke, MD
Intensivist and Medical Director, ICU – Salina Regional Health Center, KSJustin J. Hanke, MD, is the Intensivist and ICU Medical Director at Salina Regional Health Center in Salina, Kansas. Dr. Hanke is originally from Wichita, Ks and completed medical school at New York University in 2011. He then completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Critical Care Fellowship in Kansas City at the University of Missouri Kansas City before taking his current position. Dr. Hanke has been heavily involved with organ donation in his hospital and region since that time. Dr. Hanke assists with the management of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Trauma Surgery, and Critical Care programs and patient care at Salina Regional Health Center. Dr. Hanke is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Kansas University School of Medicine managing both medical student and resident rotations in critical care.
Jeffrey Javidfar, MD
Assistant Surgical Director of Lung Transplant; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery – Emory University School of Medicine, GADr. Javidfar is the assistant surgical director of lung transplantation at Emory University Hospital, and his specialty areas include end-stage lung disease, venovenous and venoarterial ECMO, benign lung disease surgery, lung cancer surgery, and bronchial and tracheal surgery. He received his MD and graduated with honors from Stony Brook Medical School in 2007. His general surgery residency and cardiothoracic transplant procurement fellowship were completed at Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital. His cardiothoracic surgery fellowship was completed at Duke University Medical Center with a special focus on lung transplantation and ECMO.
Sandy Kirchner, MSN, APRN, CCRN, AGACNP-BC
Trauma Advanced Practice Provider – Bryan Medical Center, NESandy Kirchner is a nurse practitioner for Bryan Trauma at Bryan Medical Center; an American College of Surgeon Verified Level II Trauma Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. She obtained her nursing degree from College of Saint Mary’s in Omaha, Nebraska in 2005. Sandy then continued her nursing education; completing her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2013 and obtaining her Post Master’s Certificate as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE in 2017. Sandy has always been involved in committees and teaching roles as a nurse and now as an advanced practice provider, including Trauma Nursing Core Course and Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses. She has been an active member of Live On Nebraska’s Organ Donation Council since 2013. She was appointed to the Nebraska State Trauma Advisory Board and Nebraska’s Region 2 Trauma Advisory Board as the Advance Practice Provider representative.
Matthew Kirschen, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Pediatrics and Neurology – University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiaMatthew Kirschen is an Assistant Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Pediatrics, and Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His clinical expertise is in pediatric neurocritical care. His research is focused on using multimodality neuromonitoring and neuroimaging to detect and prevent brain injury in critically ill children, and in improving diagnostic accuracy and consistency in pediatric brain death declaration. Dr. Kirschen received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his MD and PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University. He completed his pediatrics residency at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, followed by fellowships in both child neurology and pediatric critical care medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Emily Larimer, RN, MSN, BA
Clinical Hospice Coordinator – LifeSource, MNEmily Larimer is a clinical hospital coordinator for the western region of SD with LifeSource, the OPO which serves the Dakotas, Minnesota, and portions of Western Wisconsin. Emily witnessed the profound act of saving lives through donation following the loss of her 18-year-old son in 2015. Nehemiah, the youngest of her three children, designated on his driver’s license to become a donor a few months before a tragic traffic accident. Through LifeSource Nehemiah’s wishes were honored and several recipients live on with a second chapter in life. Emily is profoundly grateful for her colleagues at LifeSource, for the medical community and the connection established with her son’s organ recipients. Emily’s experience includes serving in the U.S. Army Reserve as a system analyst, and as a nurse in medical-surgical, progressive care and intensive care settings. She has also focused as an RN educator on high fidelity simulation, AHA and orientation programs at the VA Black Hills Health Care System. Emily holds a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Mary in North Dakota.
Karen Lord, FNP-C
Advanced Practice Donation Specialist – New England Donor Services, MAKaren Lord is a FNP-C, Advanced Practice Donation Specialist (APDS) at New England Donor Services in Waltham, M A. Prior to joining NEDS she worked as an Intensive Care Nurse and served as a Donation Coordinator/In House coordinator for NEDS. Currently as an APDS, Karen serves as one of 5 Clinical Directors at NEDS. Additionally, she is a resource for all staff on organ and tissue donation cases with a primary focus on improving and maximizing thoracic organ recovery and transplant. Karen leads clinical practice teams to optimize learning and donor management skills and process to maximize organ recovery and transplant. As a mentor and preceptor, she provides education and a practicum for new clinical orientees. She serves as a liaison to NEDS Heart and Lung consortiums and represents NEDS at local and national meetings.
Business Architect, IT Department – UNOS, VAAs a Business Architect, Rob McTier develops UNOS’s overall IT Strategy and provides leadership for innovation efforts like the Offer Filters and Image Sharing projects he will be describing today. Rob is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Rob has worked at UNOS for over 25 years where he has lead enterprise implementations including the UNetSMdeceased donor matching algorithms, the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) allocation system, Lung Allocation Score (LAS) algorithm, and the TransNetSM electronic organ labeling and tracking system.
Christina R. Miller, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine – Johns Hopkins Hospital, MDChristina Miller is an Assistant Professor in Neuroanesthesia at Johns Hopkins Hospital, as well as the medical director for the Electroconvulsive Therapy Program. She is involved with resident education and co-directs the simulation program and simulation-based multidisciplinary airway course at Johns Hopkins. She has spoken on the topic of the Opioid Crisis in America and the impact on Brain Death testing and Organ Transplantation at the VIII International Symposium on Brain Death and Disorders of Consciousness in Havana, Cuba.
Wynne Morrison, MD, MBE
Attending Physician, Critical Care and Palliative Care, Ingerman Endowed Chair for Palliative Care – The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine – The University of Pennsylvania, PA
Manager, Data Science– UNOS, VAAndrew Placona manages the Data Science team at UNOS. Holding a Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College with nearly a decade of experience in data analysis and predictive analytics, Andrew’s has experience in both the financial and healthcare sectors. This experience includes wrangling complex data, from both structured and unstructured data, to develop machine-learning models. Results from these models have been shared at the American Medical Informatics Associations’ Annual Symposium.
John D. Quinlivan, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer – Redmond Regional Medical Center, GAJohn Quinlivan is a native Alabamian and a graduate of the University of Alabama. After college, he entered the United States Army and spent the next 20 years serving at a variety of duty stations across the country and around the world. John joined HCA upon his retirement from the Army in 2003 and has worked at hospitals in Florida and Atlanta prior to being named CEO of Redmond Regional Medical Center in 2010. He holds a bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Alabama and a masters of health administration degree from Baylor University. John is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is an active board member for a number of local non-profit and charitable organizations. He and his wife, Paige, are parishioners of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Rome. They have two grown children, a daughter, Tyler, and a son, Hunt, and five grandchildren, Quinn, 4, Jack 3, Charlie, 2, Eli, 1 and Aaron, 6 months.
Ram Mohan Subramanian, MD, FCCM, FCCP, AGAF
Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery; Medical Director of Liver Transplantation – Emory University School of Medicine, GADr. Ram Subramanian is Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He is the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation and oversees the Liver Critical Care services at the Emory Liver Transplant Center. His fellowship training involved combined training in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine and Gastroenterology & Transplant Hepatology, with a goal to focus his clinical and research interests in the field of hepatic critical care. Over the course of his academic career, he has developed a specific clinical and research expertise in extracorporeal liver support and hepatic critical care. In addition, he has developed expertise in the critical care management of organ donors, and serves as a consultant to the Lifelink of Georgia for donor management. He is currently co-chairing a multi-disciplinary task force within the Society of Critical Care Medicine to develop ICU management guidelines for the management of liver failure. Most recently, he has completed an MBA, with the intent to apply this knowledge to healthcare delivery and administration.
Keith Stroup, JD
Assistant Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Clinical Operations – The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PAKeith Stroup serves as Assistant Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Clinical Operations for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His practice focuses on mergers, acquisitions and other strategic affiliations and he manages a team of lawyers who address the wide variety legal issues confronting a leading academic medical center. Prior to joining CHOP, Mr. Stroup served as Senior Counsel at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia for over 13 years. Mr. Stroup practiced health law with the firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP before joining Jefferson’s in-house team. His background also includes a decade of experience in the insurance industry, serving as a claims manager for several insurance companies and as an account executive in the insurance brokerage business. Mr. Stroup is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, a trustee with the Recreational Council of Evesham Township and volunteer attorney with the Support Center for Child Advocates. He holds a juris doctorate from the Delaware Law School of Widener University and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from The College of New Jersey.