American Foundation for
Donation & Transplantation
8154 Forest Hill Ave, Suite 3
Richmond, VA 23235
Phone: (804) 323-9890
Toll Free: (800) 543-6399
FAX: (804) 323-1300
Board of Directors
Helen Spicer, RN, (President)
Virginia Transplant Center at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital
Gigi did her nurse training at the Medical College of Virginia and graduated in 1969. She began her career in solid organ transplant in 1983 at the Medical College of Virginia. She served as the clinical coordinator in charge of the kidney transplant service until 1989. During that time, she developed the outpatient services for the kidney transplant program. She was working with the liver transplant team to develop care guidelines for the Liver transplant program.
In 1990, she moved to Henrico Doctors’ Hospital to establish a kidney transplant service in a community setting. She currently serves as clinical director for the program. Her role encompasses oversight of all clinical operations, quality and performance improvement activities, data analysis and reporting, and regulatory compliance. Gigi is a member of NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals and American Society of Transplantation. Gigi is currently on the board of directors for National kidney foundation for the local Virginia chapter. In addition, she serves on the executive council of National Kidney Foundation’s newly formed Council of Professional Living Donor Advocates (CPLDA). She has been a member of the Mid-Atlanta Renal Coalition on kidney transplant subcommittee since 1993. She has assisted in the development of metrics to monitor referrals for Transplant, developing educational materials for dialysis staff to support patient education.
The most recent efforts have focus on the development of the role of the Kidney transplant liaison within the dialysis units. She has also been an active member of a number of OPTN/UNOS committees including the Transplant Administrators Committee, the Minority Affairs Committee, the Membership and professional affairs committee. Most recently, she has served on the AD Hoc living donor data subcommittee and Co-chairmen the UNOS Primer. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation. She has been a board member since 1990. She is currently serving as Treasurer as well as the co-chairman of the Living Organ Donor Network, a program founded by the AFDT board. She has served as Chairman for the development of educational programs for the Independent living donor advocates and living donor teams. Gigi has also served on the planning committee of numerous transplant programs. She has been an invited presenter at numerous educational events related to kidney transplantation and the living donor care
Jean L. Heneghan, MS, CHS
Tulane Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics Laboratory
New Orleans, LA
Jean Heneghan received her Bachelor of Science degree Cum Laude in Biology from Loyola University of the South in New Orleans, and her Master of Science degree in Biology from Tulane University. Ms. Heneghan is currently a Research Instructor and Assistant Director of the Tulane Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics Laboratory. She also serves as Co-Director of the Histocompatibility Proficiency Testing Program of the American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation.
Ms. Heneghan is Board Certified as a Histocompatibility Specialist by the American Board of Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation, and as faculty and on the organizing committees for the AFDT Basic and Specialist Histocompatibility Courses. She is a member of the American Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics, the United Network for Organ Sharing, the American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation, and the American Society of Transplantation. Ms. Heneghan is also a certified Laboratory Inspector for the College of American Pathologists and for the American Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics.
Fuad Shihab, M.D. (Treasurer)
University of Utah Medical Center
Salt Lake City, UT
Dr. Fuad Shihab is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah where he is also the Medical Director of the
Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation Program. He joined the Board of Directors at AFDT in 2009.
He served on a number of national committees in the field of transplantation and is currently Chair of the Conflict of Interest Committee of AST.
He has chaired its Renal Fellowship Accreditation in addition to having been involved in its Kidney-Pancreas, Clinical Practice,
Development and International accreditation committees. He also served on the Membership and Professional Standards committee of
UNOS and the Transplant Advisory Group of ASN in addition to being on the Medical Advisory Board and the Clinical Research committee of NKF.
In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Shihab has research interests in nephrotoxicity of immunosuppressive drugs, chronic allograft
nephropathy, living donation and outcome research.
Marian O’Rourke, RN, BSN, CCTC (Secretary)
Miami Transplant Institute, Jackson Memorial Hospital
Marian has over 20 years of experience in solid organ transplant including clinical coordination, management and leadership, and quality and compliance roles in all organ transplants. She is currently the Associate Director for Quality, Compliance, and Outcomes Management at the Miami Transplant Institute as at the Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
She is a past president of NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals having served on the Board of Director and various committees for a number of years. She has served on multiple OPTN/UNOS committees including the Data Advisory Committee, Transplant Coordinators Committee, Chair of the Ad Hoc International Affairs Committee, and the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors. She was also on the Strategic Planning committee of the HRSA Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice, in addition to the HRSA Transplant Center Task Force. She was on the joint NATCO/ITNS planning committee for ATC pre meeting symposiums, and served in planning committee roles for the 2014 WTC.
She is faculty on the AFDT sponsored Living Donation Conference and the Transplant Quality Institute. She is also a member of the Alliance Transplant Leadership Council and the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice.
Sander Florman, M.D.
Mount Sinai Medical Center
New York, NY
Sandy Florman, MD is currently the Alfred and Florence Gross Professor of Surgery and Director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Prior to this, he was the Director of Abdominal Transplantation at Tulane University and Childrens Hospital in New Orleans. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1994 and completed his surgical residency at Tulane University in 2000. Following completion of his fellowship in hepatobiliary and abdominal transplantation at Mount Sinai in New York, he remained on staff there until returning to Tulane in 2003. Dr. Florman has been very active in UNOS having served on the Liver and Intestine Committee and as the Chair of the Region 3 Review Board. He co-chaired the Down staging group at the UNOS HCC Consensus Conference and was active on the Combined Liver/Kidney and Broader Sharing subcommittees. In addition, he has served on several ASTS committees (Bylaws, Communications and CME) and has been very active with the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency LOPA), having served as the Executive Board President, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the New York Organ Donor Network (NYODN). Dr. Florman is a member of many professional societies and has published more than 85 manuscripts and 10 book chapters.
Thomas G. Peters, M.D.|
Dr. Thomas G. Peters served as The Methodist Medical Center Professor of Surgery and is currently Professor of Surgery Emeritus at the University of Florida, Jacksonville. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1970 and took general surgery training in the hospitals of the Medical College of Wisconsin followed by a clinical fellowship in organ transplantation at the University of Colorado. From 1978 to 1988 he served on the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, where he rose to the tenured rank of Professor of Surgery.
Moving to Florida in 1988, Dr. Peters organized the Jacksonville Transplant Center at Methodist Medical Center as its founding Director, and served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Methodist. He became Chief of the Transplant Division at the University of Florida, Jacksonville and thereafter at UF-Shands Gainesville. In 2006, Dr. Peters received a gubernatorial appointment to the Florida Board of Medicine. He was a commissioned medical officer in the U.S. Army Reserve for over three decades, during which time he was active staff at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, served three active duty war-time tours, and retired as a Medical Corps Colonel. He is a past-president of SEOPF, and serves the American Society of Transplant Surgeons as Historian and liaison to the American Medical Association.
Francis H. Wright, Jr., M.D.
Methodist Specialty & Transplant Center
San Antonio, TX
Dr. Wright is the Director of the Solid Organ Transplant Program, and the Director of Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program at Texas Transplant Institute on the campus of Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital. Dr. Wright received his MD degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1978. After work at the University of Iowa with Dr. Robb Corry he directed the transplant program at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He joined Dr. Lynn Banowsky in San Antonio in 1994 and later helped found the Texas Transplant Institute as Director of Organ Transplantation for the Institute. He also directs the Transplant Surgery Fellowship training program at TTI.
Dr. Wright is certified by the American Board of Surgery, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has personally performed over 2000 transplant procedures in his nearly twenty years of transplant surgery experience. He is active with the United Network for Organ Sharing working to develop national transplant policy. Dr. Wright is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the International Transplantation Society and other major professional organizations. He has served as president of the Southeastern Organ Procurement Foundation and the American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation. He has research interests in immunosuppression, pancreas transplantation and organ preservation, and has multiple publications regarding organ transplant topics.
Matthew Cooper, MD
Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute
Matthew Cooper is a Professor of Surgery and the Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at the Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute. After receiving his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1994, Dr Cooper completed his general surgery training at the Medical College of Wisconsin followed by a fellowship in multi-organ abdominal transplantation in 2002 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He joined the transplant faculty at the Johns Hopkins Hospital upon completion of his training, and was appointed Surgical Director of Kidney Transplantation and Clinical Research in 2003. While at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he was instrumental in the success of the division's Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program and the world's first live triple donor kidney exchange in July 2003. Dr. Cooper joined the University of Maryland in 2005 directing the kidney transplant and clinical research program until 2012 when he assumed his current role in Washington, DC.
Dr. Cooper trained with the pioneers of the laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, regularly performs these procedures and seeks new opportunities for living donation by removing the disincentives for those considering donation while promoting the safety and long-term care of live organ donors. Dr. Cooper is involved in several ongoing clinical research projects primarily with an interest in immunosuppression minimization and amelioration of delayed graft function in kidney allografts following ischemic reperfusion injury. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 6 book chapters.
Dr. Cooper is involved in the National Kidney Foundation both locally in the District and on a national basis. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the NKF of DC and a member of the NKF’s national End The Wait Task Force and Living Donor Executive Committee. He recently served as the chairman of the United Network of Organ Sharing’s (UNOS) Living Donor Committee and currently sits on UNOS’ Board of Directors. Dr. Cooper also serves on the Board of the Washington Regional Transplant Community OPO with an effort toward eliminating wastage of deceased donor organs.
Dr. Hosein Shokouh-Amiri
John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center
Dr. Hosein Shokouh-Amiri is Director of Liver Transplant Program and Co-Director of Transplant Center at John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center, Shreveport LA.
He received his Medical Degree from Pahlavi University Medical School in Shiraz, Iran in 1976. He started his surgical training in Iran, but moved to Denmark in 1980, where he finished his general surgery residency, and subspecialty in gastrointestinal and transplant surgery. During his 13 year stay in Denmark, he established the second liver transplant program there and became the first vice president of Denmark's transplant society before moving to the USA in 1992 to continue his career in transplantation at University of Tennessee.
His areas of expertise are in Transplantation with special interest in pancreas, liver and kidney. His other interest and expertise is in the management of hepato-pancreato-biliary pathology, including benign and malignant liver tumors, benign and malignant pancreas tumors and complications of laparoscopic surgery.
His utmost achievement is the Ellis Island Medal of Honor that I received in 2006 which is awarded annually to a group of distinguished American citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service and people who preserve and celebrate the history, traditions and values of his/her ancestry and who dedicate themselves to creating a better world for us all. He received the Best Teaching Faculty of the Year at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport 2009, mentored and trained over 20 fellows and graduate students in research and clinical transplantation from different parts of the world including Japan, Egypt, Iran, Denmark and USA. Also, he has been a Professor of Surgery training more than 200 surgery residents during his tenure at University of Tennessee and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. He has published 162 peer review articles, more than 13 book chapters and has given numerous talks nationally and internationally. He has carried out various voluntary trips to Egypt and Iran trying to establish liver and pancreas transplant programs.
Deborah Crowe Ph.D., D(ABHI)
HLA Director for DCI laboratory
Deborah Crowe Ph.D., D(ABHI) has been an HLA Director for DCI laboratory in Nashville, TN since 1987. During this time she has seen many changes in the field of transplantation and has learned never to get too comfortable with the way things are done because it will probably change very soon. She has been very active professionally, serving as an ASHI inspector, Accreditation Commissioner and Program Director, served on the ASHI Board and eventually served as President of ASHI. She is currently the Chair of the Director Training and Credentialing Committee (DTRC) for ASHI. She has also served on the UNOS Histocompatibility committee for two terms and then became Chair of that committee.
Dr. Crowe has had a special place in her heart for SEOPF (and later AFDT) as this organization introduced her to so many people in the field and through its programs provided a means to gain a better understanding as to how all the different specialties come together to make transplants happen. She served on the SEOPF Histocompatibility for many years and also was Chair of that committee. She was instrumental in starting the Basic Course for Histocompatibility technologists and has served as part of the faculty for both the Basic Course and Specialist Course. She has also served on the AFDT Proficiency Testing Committee form many years. She is excited to become part of the Board for AFDT and hopes that her experience can bring some value to the group.
David Serur, MD|
Medical Director, Kidney Transplant Program, New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell
New York, NY
Dr. Serur came to New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell in 1991 with an interest in clinical transplantation and has been Medical Director of the kidney transplant program since 2007. For the past 15 years, he has been supervising the evaluations of kidney donors at Cornell, which performs 150 living donations annually. Research interests have included pharmaceutical industry supported studies of new transplant medications as well as investigator-initiated studies. Dr. Serur was one of the earliest proponents of offering kidney transplantation to HIV patients on dialysis, something that many thought was too risky but is now routinely done.
Recent interests have been in studying non-directed donors and donors within paired exchange. He serves on the editorial board of the journals Transplantation and Progress in Transplantation and served on the medical boards of the NY Organ Donor Network and the Manhattan chapter of TRIO, the transplant recipient organization. Being involved in kidney paired exchange since its inception at Cornell in 2008. Dr. Serur has volunteered as Medical Director of the National Kidney Registry, the largest paired exchange program in the world.
Marian Charlton, RN SRN CCTC|
Chief Clinical Transplant Coordinator, New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell
New York, NY
Marian Charlton received her degree in SRN degree from the Barking and Havering School of Nursing in London, England. She completed an ENB Certification in Neurosciences and is certified as a Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator (CCTC) since 1999. Marian began her career in Transplant at New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYPWC) in 1988 as a Staff Nurse on the inpatient Transplant Unit. She transitioned to the role of Transplant Coordinator in 1998 and held various roles such as Post Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Coordinator, Liver Transplant Coordinator and Living Donor Transplant Coordinator.
Currently, Marian is the Chief Clinical Transplant Coordinator at NYPWC’s Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program. In this role, she is the Clinical Manager for both the Living Donor and Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) Programs. Marian has been instrumental in program development, continuous improvement and increasing Living Donation transplants at NYPWC.
Robert A. Fisher, M.D., FACS (Immediate
Professor & Chief of Transplant Surgery and Director of Transplant Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Robert A. Fisher, MD, FACS, has been a certified American Board of Surgery General Surgeon since 1987 and is an adult and pediatric liver, living-donor liver, pancreas, kidney and hepatocyte transplant specialist. He was the tenured H.M. Lee Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where he practiced and ran his laboratories from 1991 to August, 2014. Together with Steve Strom, PhD, and his dedicated cell laboratory perfusionist and manager, Melissa Thompson, he conducted the first successful human hepatocyte transplants in the US in 1993.
In 1998, he and his MCV/VCU team performed the first non-related living donor adult liver right lobe transplant in the US. On September 1, 2014, Dr. Fisher was named the Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Director of the Transplant Institute at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Dr. Fisher has transferred his lab and personnel to Harvard Medical School, along with his FDA-registered BB-IND 13909: Allogeneic Hepatocyte Transplant for Chronic Liver Failure Support, together with Y-90 HCC Rx to Increase Hepatocyte Nidation (Phase 1, 5-patient trial for FDA safety). Hepatocyte, islet and endothelial cell coculture for improved function post preservation, as well as work on human pluripotent stem cell transformation into hepatocytes, continue to be his laboratory's scientific foci. In 2014, Dr. Fisher relocated to Boston, MA where he serves as Professor & Chief of Transplant Surgery and Director of the Transplant Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center