Yolanda Becker

Professor of Surgery and Medical Education
TCU School of Medicine
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Brief Bio

Dr. Becker has served in many roles throughout her career as a Transplant Surgeon. She is a Past President of the OPTN/UNOS (Organ Procurement and Transplant Network/United Network for Organ Sharing) board of directors and served during tumultuous times. While OPTN President, lung allocation and liver allocation were both amended to decrease geographic disparities. She has most recently served on the UNOS corporate affairs committee as an advisor. Dr. Becker is a former committee member for the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine. She is currently serving on the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) steering committee as the Co-Chair of a workgroup assessing patient factors contributing to kidney graft loss.
Dr. Becker previously served as an elected member of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) board of directors, co-chairing its winter symposium, chairing its education committee and serving on the minority affairs committee. She has served on the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) scientific studies committee and on the AST/ASTS American Transplant Congress program planning committee. She also has served on the board of directors of the National Kidney Registry. Dr Becker earned her medical degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore and completed her surgery training at Vanderbilt University. She finished her multiorgan transplant fellowship at the University of Wisconsin as is proud of training many of the current Surgical Directors of Transplant Programs around the country. She is currently a retired Professor of Surgery from the University of Chicago. She also serves as the Director for Career Development at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU. Dr. Becker is the proud mom of 2 college sophomores. In addition to her newly found love for running, she enjoys cheering on her favorite soccer teams, reading and taking care of her many pets.

Alliance Presentations

8.1.23 NotUsable Kidney

Kidney Utilization: Broader Sharing – Where Do We Go from Here?

Tuesday, August 01, 2023, at 2:00pm

To reduce the number of non-utilized donated kidneys, organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and transplant centers have been exploring ways to partner together to identify best practices and implement process improvement measures. Over the course of this discussion, we will examine transplant center acceptance practices to better assess why kidney offers may be declined. Can we, as a community, create a consensus on the best approach to early acceptance and increased kidney utilization? Join us to learn more!

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Ahead of the Bus: The NASEM Report, Our Road Map for the Future

Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at 2:00pm

The Alliance Conversation Series brings you cost-free, fast-paced collaborative opportunities that highlight successful donation and transplantation practices across the country. Through shared insight, multidisciplinary experts identify solutions to critical challenges affecting the community of practice and actively share them for open discussion and broader knowledge of effective practices.

The Alliance is not an advocacy organization and always intends to maintain an objective and unbiased perspective.

Sessions are designed to be approximately 30-45 minutes in length and encourage real-time feedback and participation from viewers.

Overview: The in last 3 years, significant attention has been focused on organ donation and transplantation, resulting in significant changes to the governing regulations. Many in the field of transplant and donation were surprised by the breath of these changes and have had to scramble to change and improve their programs to meet new expectations. Two years ago, NASEM embarked on a project to review donation and transplantation and develop recommendations for future improvements. Precedence shows that regulators often rely on the work of high-quality independent organizations like NASEM. We posit that the new NASEM report in fact provides a road map to future regulatory changes.

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