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Gift of Life Donor Program Names New Officers and Members to Governing and Medical Advisory and Policy Boards

  Gift of Life Donor Program Names New Officers and Members to Governing and
                      Medical Advisory and Policy Boards

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PHILADELPHIA, April 1, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gift of Life Donor
Program has announced the addition of new officers and members to its
Governing and Medical Advisory and Policy Boards to help guide the
organization's operations. Gift of Life is the region's non-profit, federally
designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving the eastern half of
Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.

Gift of Life's board members come from varied backgrounds, including hospital
administration, transplant surgery, critical care medicine, business, science
and community activism. Working together, they will oversee and help direct
the organization's strategic and operational initiatives.

The following Governing Board members were named as officers:

  oGlen D. Moffett, Esq., Chair. Mr. Moffett is Vice President and General
    Counsel of WellSpan Health
  oGerard J. Fulda, MD, Vice Chair. Dr. Fulda is Chief of Surgical Critical
    Care and Director of Surgical Research at Christiana Care Health System
  oSean Dukes, Treasurer and Secretary. Mr. Dukes is Director of Systems
    Engineering at Lockheed Martin and a heart transplant recipient
  oClyde F. Barker, MD, Immediate Past Chair. Dr. Barker is Chairman
    Emeritus of the Department of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of
    Pennsylvania, and pioneering transplant surgeon

New members joining the Governing Board this year include David A. Pierson,
Ph.D., President of The Pierson Group in Philadelphia, PA, and a donor family
member; Laurene Cianfrani, Senior Director of Hospital Relations Management
for the Penn-Jersey Region of the American Red Cross Blood Services and Radi
F.Zaki, MD, Chairman of the Division of Transplantation at Einstein Medical
Center Philadelphia.

Returning board members include Meg McGoldrick, Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer at Abington Memorial Hospital; and Zakiyah Kadry, MD,
Chief of the Division of Transplantation at Penn State Milton S. Hershey
Medical Center. Gift of Life Donor Program President and CEO Howard M. Nathan
also serves as a voting member of the Governing Board.

In addition to its Governing Board, Gift of Life also announced new officers
and members to its Medical Advisory and Policy Board (MAPB). Board members
provide expertise and guidance to Gift of Life in recommending policy on a
variety of initiatives related to increasing donation opportunities and
enhancing relationships with hospital partners.

Leading the MAPB are Chair Peter Abt, MD, Chief of Kidney Transplantation at
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and a liver and kidney transplant
surgeon at Penn Transplant Institute; and Vice Chair Jennifer Axelband, DO,
Associate Medical Director of Medical Critical Care Education at St. Luke's
University Health Network.

Re-elected members of the MAPB are Barbara Wadsworth, RN, Chief Nursing
Officer, Main Line Health; and David Reich, MD, Chief, Division of Multi-Organ
Transplantation and Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery, Hahnemann University
Hospital.

New members joining the MAPB include Ryan R. Davies, MD, Cardiothoracic
Transplant Surgeon at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children; Kamran
Khanmoradi, MD, Section Chief of Pancreas Transplantation, Einstein Medical
Center Philadelphia; Cosme Manzarbeitia, MD, Chief of Transplant and Director
of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Crozer-Chester Medical Center; R. Ali Shah, MD,
Assistant Professor of the Division of Transplantation, Penn State Milton S.
Hershey Medical Center; Warren R. Maley, MD, Director of Live Donor Liver
Transplant Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Margaret Belfield,
Chief Operating Officer, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center; Stuart H. Fine,
former President and CEO, Grand View Hospital; Lisa Schieffert, Director of
Health Policy, Delaware Healthcare Association; Matthew D. Vibbert, MD,
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology, Thomas Jefferson
University Hospital; Beth Colombe, PhD, Director of Immunogenetics and Tissue
Typing, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; and Luis Torres, liver recipient
and a member of the Pennsylvania Organ Donation Advisory Committee.

"We are pleased to welcome our new Governing Board and Medical Advisory and
Policy Board officers and members," said Howard M. Nathan, Gift of Life's
President and CEO. "With their understanding of donation and wealth of
experience in guiding public service organizations such as ours, we look
forward to the valuable contributions they will make to Gift of Life's
on-going advancement of donation and transplantation. We are grateful for
their expertise and continued service to Gift of Life Donor Program."

Gift of Life Donor Program is the non-profit, federally designated organ and
tissue transplant network serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern
New Jersey and Delaware. For 39 years, Gift of Life has coordinated more than
35,000 organ transplants, along with more than an estimated 500,000 tissue
transplants. For more information on organ and tissue donation, please call
Gift of Life at 1-800-DONORS-1 (1-800-366-6771) or visit at www.donors1.org.

SOURCE Gift of Life Donor Program
 
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