Board of Directors

Michael E. De Vera, MD, FACS, 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.

Jonathan Fisher, MD, FACSreceived his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, in Cambridge MA, a medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York, and completed his general surgery residency with an additional  two years as a research fellow in transplantation at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Dr. Fisher has special expertise in liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation, as well as hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery. He has broad experience in living-related kidney and liver transplant techniques, the application of whole organ transplantation for the treatment of diabetes millitus and the relatively young field of pancreatic islet transplantation. Dr. Fisher has  helped develop new techniques in the management of portal hypertension and portal venous thrombosis. 

John J. Fung, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, Chairman, Department of General Surgery; Director, Transplant Center, Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Past Chief Operating Officer, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, Chief, Division of Transplantation Surgery and Director of Liver Services. Cleveland, OH.

Stuart Greenstein, MD, FACS, Dr. Greenstein is a UNOS certified transplant surgeon who has been a dedicated senior member of the Montefiore Medical Center Kidney Transplant Program for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Montefiore, Dr. Greenstein served as the Acting Director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Hahnemann University. Dr. Greenstein has served on the American Society of Transplant Surgery Ethics Committee and Standards on Organ Procurement Committee, and the NKF Medical Advisory Board. He chaired the Organ Availability Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing and co-chaired the ad hoc Committee on Public Solicitation. He has been an active member of the Kidney Pancreas Transplant Committee of UNOS. 

Ray Hill, Patient Advocate, HIV/AIDS & HCV; AIDS activist labeled “Citizen Provocateur” by United States Supreme Court Justice William Brennan (U.S. Supreme CourtundefinedHouston v. Hill, 482 U.S. 451); American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Lifetime Achievement Award for advancing the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender citizens, voted “gay hero” 7 years in a row by Houston, Texas’s gay community. The Prison Show broadcast on Houston’s Pacifica radio KPFT 90.1 FM weekly since 1980. Houston Chronicle Article.

Cathy Teal, Patient Advocate, Executive Director, FAIR Foundation


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.

Donald Hillebrand, MD, Hepatologist; Iowa Health’s Center for Liver Disease, Des Moines, IA; Past Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at both Scripps Green Hospital, La Jolla, California and previous to that at the Loma Linda University Medical Center Transplant Institute, Loma Linda, CA.

Okechukwu N. Ojogho, MD, MMM, FACS, Surgical & Program Director, Kidney Transplant Program, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, Spokane, Washington.Past Director, Transplantation Institute, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA.

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.

Jill Weissman, PharmD, Transplant Pharmacist; Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy, Loma Linda, California.


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