John Roberts Elected President of Organ Transplant Network's Board of Directors

May 09, 2012
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John P. Roberts

John P. Roberts, M.D.

Dr. John P. Roberts, chief of the Organ Transplant Service at UCSF, has been elected president of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) board of directors.

He will serve a one-year term beginning in late June 2012.

As president, he will direct the efforts of the organization that manages the nation's organ transplant network under federal contract.

His duties include leading biannual meetings of the OPTN/UNOS board, as well as more frequent teleconferences as chair of the OPTN/UNOS Executive Committee.

He is also responsible for strategic planning, including the establishment of key annual goals in areas such as:

  • Promoting patient safety
  • Achieving best use of donated organs
  • Ensuring potential transplant candidates have equitable access to transplantation
  • Addressing the U.S. organ shortage by maximizing organ donation safety

Roberts currently serves as vice president/president elect on the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors and chairs the OPTN/UNOS Membership and Professional Standards Committee.

He previously served as chair of the Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee and as a member of the OPTN/UNOS Policy Oversight Committee, Data Working Group and the Living Donor Data Task Force. He also has served on the liver review board for his region.

He is a past president of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). He also has served as chair of the ASTS Legislative Committee, as well as a member of its OPTN Task Force and Scientific Studies Committee, and has represented ASTS for the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance.

He has been chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. He is a board member of the California Transplant Donor Network. He is co-editor of Liver Transplantation, the official publication of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and the International Liver Transplantation Society.

About OPTN
The OPTN brings together medical professionals, transplant recipients and donor families to develop national organ transplantation policy. The OPTN is managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Transplantation. The OPTN Board of Directors also serves as the Board of Directors for UNOS.

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