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Alexandra Glazier

JD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
New England Donor Services
Alexandra Glazier

Brief Bio

Alexandra Glazier is President & CEO of New England Donor Services (NEDS), an affiliation between two Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs); New England Organ Bank (NEOB) and LifeChoice. NEDS integrates clinical operations, staff and leadership of the two OPOs with the goals of increasing donation in the region and deriving financial efficiencies. NEDS serves 190 hospitals,14 transplant centers and a population of 14 million people in six states. NEDS has 220 employees and a $68M annual operating budget.

Prior to her current role, Alex was CEO of NEOB where she developed the vision for an affiliation with LifeChoice and negotiated the creation of NEDS. Other NEOB accomplishments under her leadership include coordination of over 1,000 organ transplants (42% increase over 2015), the first HIV+ organ donation for transplantation under the HOPE Act and the first GUVCA transplant in the U.S. NEOB was named Boston Globe Top Places to work in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Alex currently serves on the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors and previously chaired the Ethics Committee. She held a 6yr appointment on the U.S. Secretary of HHS, Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT). She has worked to address regulatory barriers to conducting clinical trials in transplantation and has twice presented on this topic to the Institute of Medicine. Alex is Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and a consultant to Donate Life America including work on the recent Apple venture.

Previously Alex was NEOB’s VP and General Counsel and practiced health law at the firm Ropes & Gray. Alex holds an undergraduate degree in bioethics from Brown University and a JD- MPH from Boston University where she has served as faculty.

Current Involvement: Presenter

Alliance Presentations

Medical Team Performing Surgical Operation In Modern Operating Room

ABC’s of DCDD: The Legal Aspects of Pursuing an Authorized Donor in DCDD Cases

Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 2:00pm

Donation after Circulatory Determination of Death (DCDD) is a practice that has gained increased attention over the years. Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) are continuously exploring the best ways to facilitate DCDD, especially in cases of First-Person Authorization (FPA). This webinar will discuss the complexities associated with DCDD and how best to navigate the legalities of these cases when dealing with a registered donor. When does the UAGA take effect? How does an OPO navigate obtaining “authorization” from the legal next of kin when consent has already been given by the donor? Furthermore, when authorization is obtained, how do we determine which organs are viable for transplant? Join us to hear from two industry experts as they review DCDD in great detail and the cutting-edge practices that make thoracic organs and high-risk donors a possibility.

Feb 2020 GC Webinar

Medical & Legal Aspects of Family Conflict with the Medical Team at End-of-Life

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at 2:00pm

Providing support to a family who is in crisis can be challenging for healthcare professionals and Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs). The transition from medical treatment for recovery to end-of-life care is often met with disbelief and denial by the patient’s family. This webinar will highlight the significant medical, ethical, and legal aspects of family objection to end-of-life treatment. Key areas of focus will include issues related to the challenges that the medical team faces when a family does not want specific tests carried out to make a determination of death or does not agree with termination of medical support after the declaration of death. State accommodations for religious beliefs regarding death as well as the implementation of State legislation regarding neurologic death will also be reviewed.

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