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The Alliance Announces 2024 National Critical Issues Forum Planning Committee


The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (The Alliance) proudly announces the formation of the planning committee for the 2024 National Critical Issues Forum. This distinguished panel of healthcare leaders will spearhead preparations for this innovative forum, to be held September 5-6, 2024 at the Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Florida.

Themed “Optimizing Performance in the New Now,” this specialized forum aims to convene current and emerging leaders from hospital systems, transplant organizations, organ procurement organizations (OPOs), medical professionals and supporting industry stakeholders to engage in collaborative discussions. Participants will explore innovative strategies, tackle emerging challenges, and devise solutions for optimizing organ donation and transplantation efforts in a rapidly changing healthcare landscape.

This forum will also include highly specialized TAD Talks, a hallmark of Alliance signature events. Short for “Transplant and Donation,” these brief engaging presentations feature national experts from across the continuum who discuss critical ideas worth sharing.

Led by co-chairs Dr. Richard Gilroy (Medical Director of Liver Transplant, Intermountain Medical Center, UT) and Rick Hasz (President & CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program, PA), the planning committee comprises a cadre of esteemed professionals representing various facets of the organ donation and transplantation community:

Rick Hasz Gift Of Life Donor Program
Richard Hasz
MFS, CPTCGift of Life Donor Program
Richard Gilroy
Richard K. Gilroy
MDIntermountain Medical Center, UT
Nancy Foster
American Hospital Association, D.C.
John Gutowski
John Gutowski
Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee
Mid-America Transplant
John Magee
John Magee
MDUniversity of Michigan
Adam Schiavi
Adam Schiavi
MD, PhDJohns Hopkins Hospital
Jon Snyder
Jon Snyder
PhD, MSHennepin Healthcare Research Institute
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Susan Stuart
RN, MPMCenter for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE)

The event will also host a special pre-day workshop for Transplant Administrators on September 4, 2024. Guided by a separate planning committee of experienced senior leaders in transplant, this intimate half-day session will focus on critical evolving changes in the world of quality and transplant administration. The workshop planning committee includes:

Paul Myoung
Paul Myoung
MHA, FACHEMassachusetts General Hospital
Renee Bennett
Renee Bennett
BSNCleveland Clinic
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Ana Hands
MDOchsner Health
“Our community has never experienced so much change at once,” says Alliance Executive Director Karri Hobson-Pape. “Bringing together these voices with diverse experiences around the country will shape an engaging program that addresses the critical topics that are impacting the future of our field.”

Together, this diverse group of leaders will collaborate to ensure that the 2024 National Critical Issues Forum provides a platform for robust dialogue, knowledge exchange and strategic planning aimed at advancing organ donation and transplantation efforts nationwide.

Registration is expected to open in early summer. For more information about the 2024 National Critical Issues Forum, visit The Alliance website at

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