ACOT meets this weekend in Baltimore, soon after announcing its new committee members. The complete roster is available here.
Most folks, you’ll notice, are listed as being associated with transplant centers, hospitals, organ procurement organizations (OPO), health insurance companies, or employed as surgeons. A few folks, however, are mysteriously floating out there. Naturally, I took to websearching.
Thomas Beyersdorf, M.B.A.
Northville, MI 48167
Looks like Mr. Beyersdorf is the past CEO of the Organ Procurement Agency of Michigan, otherwise known as Gift of Life Michigan.
Wanda H. Jones, R.N., B.S.N., M.J., CPTC, CETC
Long Beach, CA 90802
Took me some effort, but I turned up this powerpoint presentation from a 2006 HRSA meeting entitled “How-To Basics in Initiating a DCD* Policy in Your Hospital”. The presentation was conducted by OneLegacy, a (you guessed it), southern California OPO. Ms. Jones was, at the time, the Clinical Manager.
Jamie Marie Avolio McDonald, M.S.W., LISW
Albuquerque, NM 87111
She’s currently employed at Presbyterian Health Services in New Mexico. They have an active deceased and living donor transplant program.
Cynthia P. Puryear
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Employed as a Senior Strategist, Corporate Communications at Mitchell Communications Group in Richmond, Virginia. More importantly, she’s on the Executive Committee of the National Kidney Foundation’s Living Donor Council.
Cynthia wants to be a “voice for living donors” and use her public relations and public speaking experience to educate and assess needs for families and professionals. She also wants to address legislative issues, medical concerns, and financial support for donors.
To be honest, I’m not sure what a lot of that means. Educate families and professionals about what – the option of living donation? Cuz that’s not being an advocate.
What legislative issues does she want to address? Payment for organs (cuz – no) or increased protections?
And financial support – how so? To increase living donation or to ensure that living donors aren’t paying out of pocket for complications due to the donation?
So there you have it, the ‘mysterious’ members of ACOT. When the only person who might speak for living donor issues is associated with NKF whose main mission is to “…prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation“, I’m not feeling too optimistic.
*Deceased Cardiac Donor