Leadership

Advisory Board

 

The CORE Advisory Board is composed of 22 to 25 members and must include professionals from transplant centers, intensive care or emergency departments, tissue banks, voluntary health organizations, hisocompatibility members, neuroscience physicians, transplant surgeons, chief medical directors, medical directors of an eye bank, organ donor families, and public members. The board meets biannually.

 

Joseph Africa, MD
Medical Director
Charleston Area Medical Center

Stephen H. Bailey, MD
Director, Cardiac Surgery
Allegheny Health Network

Lynsey Biondi, MD, FACS
Physician Director of Transplantation, Surgical Director of Kidney Transplant
WVU Medicine

Russell Mitesh Cerejo, MD
Co-Director, Endovascular Services
Allegheny Health Network/Cerebrovascular Center

Robert C. Dolence
Transplant Recipient Representative

Armando Ganoza, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute

Laura Guntrum
Transplant Administrator
UPMC Hamot

Aimee Hagerty
Transplant Administrator
UPMC Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute

A.J. Harper
Voluntary Health Associate Representative
President/Emeritus, Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania

Lindsey Herlinger
Transplant Administrator
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Chak-Sum (Sam) Ho, PhD, D(ABHI)
Laboratory Director
Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network

Ajai Khanna, MD
Professor of Surgery
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Jennifer Davis Knight, MD
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program
West Virginia University; Ruby Memorial Hospital

Glen Martin
Associate Administrator
Charleston Area Medical Center/General Hospital

Valliammai Muthappan, MD
Corneal Surgeon; Cataract and Eye Consultants
Sightline Ophthalmic Associates

Reshma Paranjpe, MD
Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery
Allegheny Ophthalmic and Orbital Associates

Richard Plowey, MD, MPH
Keystone Pain Consultants

Duke Rupert
COO & Transplant Administrator
Allegheny General Hospital

Kathleen K. Ryan
Executive Director and Legal Counsel
Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association

Henkie P. Tan, MD, PhD, FACS, FAST
Transplant Surgeon
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Gina Velar
Donor Family Representative

Martin Wijkstrom, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation
Director Islet Transplantation
Director Abdominal Transplant Fellowship
UPMC Montefiore

M. Asad Zaman, MHA
Director, Transplant Services
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Rachelle (Shelley) Zomak, RN, MS, CCTC
Director, Transplant Operations and Compliance
WVU Medicine – WVU Hospitals

 


 

Ex Officio Members

 

Susan Stuart, RN, MPM
President/CEO
Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE)

Roheena Kamyar, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

William R. Wagner, PhD
Director
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

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