New Chief Executive Officer shares vision to emphasize focus on patients
Richmond, Va. --News Direct-- United Network for Organ Sharing
Maureen McBride, Ph.D. assumed the role of interim CEO of United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) on Saturday, October 1. UNOS is the mission-driven non-profit serving as the engine powering the nation’s organ donation and transplant system, under contract with the federal government.
McBride is the first woman and the first person with a Ph.D. to hold this position. Prior to this role, McBride served for 27 years in a variety of senior leadership roles at UNOS, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer.
McBride has already re-shaped her senior leadership team, naming patient engagement as a high priority.
“As the nation’s organ donation and transplant system reaches a crucial turning point, I am incredibly honored to undertake this important role,” McBride said. “Our community has seen lifesaving success over the previous decades and together, we just surpassed the historic milestone of 1 million transplants thanks to so many generous donors and their families. From increasing transplants to expanding equity, we are proud of everything our community has accomplished, but we also believe that we can and must do more.”
In her new position, McBride is committed to working with the UNOS Board, federal partners, Congress, and members of the donation and transplant system to pursue projects and initiatives that build on ongoing successes while addressing community needs and concerns.
“I and my team share a bold vision for a more equitable, inclusive, and responsive UNOS,” McBride continued. “The field is constantly evolving and we are evolving with it. Our community is both innovative and forward-looking, and working together, we will challenge ourselves to reach even higher heights.”
Key areas of focus identified by McBride for system-wide advancement include patient engagement and empowerment, advocating for holistic, evidence-based, patient-centered policy solutions at the federal level, and optimizing the requirements of the OPTN Contract, including opportunities to better support research into equitable access to care and the national waitlist. McBride will seek support from both the Board of Directors and the community for these and other improvement opportunities.
The Congressionally-mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Math (NASEM), as well as the report from the Senate Committee on Finance, will continue to inform efforts to improve, expand and engage.
“Dr. McBride has the know-how, the experience, the relationships and the integrity to lead UNOS into an even brighter future,” said Jerry McCauley, M.D., President of the UNOS Board of Directors. “From her robust working relationship with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to her decades of experience managing, leading and serving at UNOS, Dr. McBride is uniquely qualified to serve as interim CEO and to help lead the community during this unprecedented moment.”
The Board of Directors has begun a national search for a permanent UNOS CEO.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the mission-driven non-profit serving as the nation’s transplant system under contract with the federal government. We lead the network of transplant hospitals, organ procurement organizations, and thousands of volunteers who are dedicated to honoring the gifts of life entrusted to us and to making lifesaving transplants possible for patients in need. Working together, we leverage data and advances in science and technology to continuously strengthen the system, increase the number of organs recovered and the number of transplants performed, and ensure patients across the nation have equitable access to transplant.
United Network for Organ Sharing
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