Board of Directors
Michael E. De Vera, MD, FACS
Dr. De Vera is the Director and Chief of Transplant Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center Transplant Institute, Loma Linda, CA. Previously Co-Director of Liver Transplantation, Director of the Transplant Fellowship Program at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, Pittsburgh, PA.
John J. Fung, MD, PhD, FACS
Dr. Fung serves at the University of Chicago as Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Section of Transplantation, and Co-Director of its Transplant Institute. Dr. Fung has held previous leadership positions at the Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) and the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. He has published widely on numerous research and clinical topics in organ donation and transplantation.
Marie Le, MD, FACS
Marie Le is a transplant surgeon at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, NY. Prior to this position, she worked at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center and was instrumental in building the transplant program for veterans in the Bronx. At that time, New York veterans in need of a transplant traveled to the nearest VA transplant center in Pittsburg, PA. Le completed her residency at RWJ Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey and her Fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Thomas G. Peters, MD, FACS, FASN
FAIR Foundation President Emeritus
Professor of Surgery, Emeritus, at the Univ. of Florida College of Medicine. He directed the University's kidney transplant programs in Jacksonville & Gainesville for more than two decades. Dr. Peters is the “father” of the effort to increase organ donation with Financial Incentives (FI). He published the first relevant U.S. papers on Fi (JAMA, 265: 1302-1305, March 13, 1991) Life or Death: The Issue of Payment in Cadaveric Organ Donation and Organ Donors and Nondonors, An American Dilemma.
Advisors to the Board
Pedro W. Baron, MD, Director of Pediatric and Adult Liver Transplantation; Associate Professor of Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA.
Phil Berry, M.D., Advisory Committee for Organ Transplantation (ACOT) appointed by Secretary Tommie Thompson, Health & Human Services, 2001-2004; Past President, Texas Medical Association; President, Texas Medical Assoc. Foundation; Past Member, Board of Directors and Finance Committee, UNOS; Cofounder of the Southwest Transplant Foundation. Dallas, Texas An uplifting profile of Dr. Berry by the Dallas Morning News
Waldo Concepcion, MD, FACS; Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief of Clinical Transplantation, Chief of Pediatric Kidney Transplantation, Stanford University School of Medicine. Past Director of Liver, Pancreas, and Kidney Transplantation; Director of the Medical Center Transplantation Institute Education and Research Fund; Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC), CA.
David Courtney, Patient Advocate & post-double-lung transplant & pre-liver transplant patient: Alpha-1-Antitrypsin lung/liver disease; Member, Public Policy Roundtable on Organ Donation Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO); Past President, Texas Panhandle Chapter, Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO); Vice President, Director of Public Relations, The Presumed Consent Foundation, Plainview, TX.
Jonathan Fisher, MD, is an expert in liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation surgery. In addition, he provides expert surgical treatment for both cancers and benign diseases of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, bile duct, and spleen, as well as complex abdominal problems. Dr. Jonathan Fisher is a surgeon in La Jolla, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Naval Medical Center San Diego and Scripps Green Hospital. He received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Lorenzo Rossaro, M.D., FACP; Professor and Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; past-Director, Liver Transplant program, University of California, Davis Medical Center Sacramento, CA.