ETMC Tyler transplant director named to national organ committee

ETMC Tyler transplant director named to national organ committee

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Dr. Steven Potter, ETMC Tyler transplant surgeon and program director, has been elected by his peers to the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) Kidney Transplantation Committee as the physician representative for region four, which includes Texas and Oklahoma.

Dr. Potter was selected from 11 nominees for the two-year term, which starts June 1, 2013.

The committee is charged with developing policies relating to kidney transplantation. The goals are to increase access to transplantation, promote transplant safety, improve long-term kidney recipient outcomes and increase the number of transplants.

UNOS manages the nation’s organ transplant system by matching donors to recipients, maintains the database of all organ transplants, develops policies to make the best use of the limited supply of organs and monitors every organ match to ensure organ allocation policies are followed.

In 2012, Dr. Potter was also named the secretary-treasurer for the Texas Transplantation Society.

ETMC has completed 648 kidney transplants since the program began in 1987.  Currently, more than 93,000 Americans are on the national waiting list for a kidney donation.