Alexandra Glazier

President & CEO
New England Donor Services
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Brief Bio

Alex is President & CEO of New England Donor Services, the nonprofit Organ Procurement Organization responsible for coordinating organ donation for transplantation in a six state region. NEDS serves over 200 hospitals, 14 transplant centers and a population of 14 million people. Since Alex stepped into the Executive role in 2015, the number of organs transplanted from donors in the region has increased by 84%. In 2021 NEDS successfully completed the first OPO merger in decades. NEDS has been named as a top 100 Female Led Business by the Boston Globe and the Commonwealth Institute for 5 years in a row (2018-2022).

Alex is a recognized thought leader on transplant policy, law and ethics having held numerous leadership positions including Chair of the OPTN Ethics Committee, Chair of the OPTN Policy Oversight Committee, and two appointments to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation. Alex serves on several Boards including Donate Life America and worked on the venture with Apple to enable donor registration through the iPhone.

Alex is an assistant professor at Brown University where she teaches courses in health law and public health leadership. Previously, Alex practiced law at the firm Ropes & Gray. Alex holds an undergraduate degree in bioethics from Brown University and a JD-MPH magna cum laude from Boston University.

Primary Patient Group Both

Primary Areas of Expertise Procurement

Primary Organs of Expertise All Organs

Alliance Presentations

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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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