Serves as the primary procurement surgeon at LiveOnNY available to perform abdominal organ procurements when the accepting transplant center declines to do so. This position is 80% procurement and 20% office based. Acts as a key ambassador for donation by modeling and controlling the intraoperative behavior of all recovery team members. In conjunction with the Chief Medical Officer, shall be responsible for clinical evaluation and management of potential and consented organ donors, and for implementing and monitoring all clinical policies, programs and services of LiveOnNY. Assumes the role of Medical Director in the absence of the Chief Medical Officer, to assure continuity of accountability for all activities. Supports and fosters the mission of the organization and its commitment to organ and tissue donation.
Works with the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and local transplant program directors to develop a standards and performance measures for surgical procurement of abdominal organs. Serves as the primary procurement surgeon for abdominal organs in approximately 50% of cases. In this capacity, trains and assesses the procurement skills of transplant center surgical trainees.
In conjunction with the CMO assumes ultimate responsibility for donor management and the process of donor recovery. Shares telephone on-call responsibility with CMO to oversee clinical evaluation and management of potential and consented organ donors.Works with staff of LiveOnNY to ensure the optimal medical care of the donor, facilitates timely progress to recovery, and resolves any disagreements among recovery teams, including interpretation of LiveOnNY clinical and UNOS policies. Advises staff regarding the safety and suitability of donor organs and communicates with transplant centers as necessary to discuss potential issues in organ offers. Documents case participation and judgments in the LiveOnNY electronic medical record.
Develops competence in the extirpation and intraoperative assessment of lungs for clinical transplantation.
Assists Chief Medical Officer in development of educational materials and programs regarding donor management for medical and nursing staffs (particularly intensive care units) in donor hospitals. Participates in education programs as needed.
Works with the CMO and other members of the Medical Advisory Board and applicable committees to develop and recommend to the Board of Directors appropriate clinical policies and procedures. May serve as a member of those committees, as required.
Participates in clinical case review conferences on a regular basis to educate staff and provide feedback regarding organ donor management issues, the organ recovery process and transplantation.
Participates actively in the quality and performance improvement process both within LiveOnNY and in conjunction with local transplant programs.
In conjunction with LiveOnNY Chief Medical Officer, develops and recommends research policies and activities.
Candidates should be licensed M.D.s with a background in renal transplantation. Board certified or eligible in surgery, preferred. Completion of an ASTS-approved transplant surgery fellowship preferred.