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Heart Transplantation Committee

The Heart Transplantation Committee considers issues relating to heart procurement, allocation, and transplantation, including medical, scientific, and ethical aspects. The committee also considers the broad implications of such issues and deals with specific individual issues or situations. The goal of the committee’s work is to develop evidence-based policies aimed at reducing waitlist mortality in heart transplant candidates, increasing heart utilization, improving access to heart transplantation, and improving the health outcomes of heart transplant recipients.

Featured report

Three-year heart monitoring report: Proposal to modify the adult heart allocation system (PDF 9/2022)

Current Projects


Board approved and pending implementation


chair icon Chair
  • Dr. Richard C Daly
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital Minnesota
vicechair icon Vice Chair
  • Dr. Jondavid Menteer
  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
liaison icon Liaison
Members Organization Position End Term Date
Dr. Tariq Ahmad Yale New Haven Hospital Region 1 Representative 6/30/2024  
Dr. Tamas Alexy University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Region 7 Representative 6/30/2025  
Ms. Adriana Alvarez Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2025  
Dr. Amrut Ambardekar University of Colorado Hospital/Health Science Center Region 8 Representative 6/30/2024  
Ms. Kim Baltierra Transplant Staffing Resources, LLC At Large 6/30/2026  
Dr. James S Bowman Division of Transplantation, HHS Ex Officio (non voting) 6/30/2025  
Ms. Jennifer Carapellucci Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital At Large 6/30/2024  
Dr. Jennifer A Cowger Henry Ford Hospital At Large 6/30/2025  
Dr. Timothy A Gong Baylor University Medical Center Region 4 Representative 6/30/2025  
Eman A Hamad Temple University Hospital Region 2 Representative 6/30/2026  
Jennifer Hartman Spectrum Health Region 10 Representative 6/30/2026  
Glen Kelley General Public Region 7 At Large 6/30/2024  
Earl S Lovell General Public Region 5 At Large 6/30/2025  
Dr. Cindy M Martin Houston Methodist Hospital At Large 6/30/2026  
Dr. Nader Moazami NYU Langone Health Region 9 Representative 6/30/2024  
Dr. John J Nigro Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center Region 5 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dr. Fawwaz R Shaw Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston At Large 6/30/2024  
Dr. M. Cristina Smith Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital Region 6 Representative 6/30/2024  
Ms. Martha Tankersley University of Alabama Hospital Region 3 Representative 6/30/2025  
Dmitry M Yaranov Baptist Memorial Hospital Region 11 Representative 6/30/2025  

Past projects from the Thoracic committee

Board approved and pending implementation


Past meeting summaries from the Thoracic Committee

Report to the board of directors

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