Dear ISODP Member,

The ISODP Council is pleased to announce the start of the 2021 ISODP Election. We encourage you to participate in this election to help determine your representatives for the ISODP 2021-2025 Council.

All full members are eligible to vote.

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Deadline to vote:
August 29, 2021 at 23:59 EDT
The results of the election will be announced later this summer and new councilors will begin their terms at the ISODP Business Meeting that will take place in November 2021 (Date TBD).

I look forward to your participation in the election.


Howard Nathan
ISODP Secretary


Councilor ASIA (one position)
Avnish Kumar Seth
Dr. (Colonel) Avnish Kumar Seth, a transplant hepatologist, pioneered the first successful deceased organ donation program in North India in 2007 as Director, Armed Forces Organ Retrieval and Transplant Authority (AORTA). Currently, as Director Fortis Organ Retrieval and Transplant (FORT), he leads the program in 18 hospitals of Fortis Healthcare India. His Seth-Donation of Organs and Tissues (S-DOT) score is widely used for assessment of hospitals for best practices in the field. He established the IDEAL (Immediate Donation of Eyes After Life) protocol, a nursing and smartphone based system of counseling families for cornea donation. With over 100 publications, he has actively participated in ISODP Congress held at Seoul, Geneva and Dubai. Dr. Seth is the Chair of the Expert Committee of 'Ang Daan Yojna', an organ donation initiative by Government of Haryana, India. He is member of Apex Technical Committee of National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) and member of Advisory Board of MOHAN Foundation. Dr. Seth is the Chair and lead author of the Expert Group that developed joint consensus statement on organ donation after circulatory determination of death in India in 2021. He is recipient of Vishist Seva Medal, awarded by the President of India.
Sunil Shroff
Dr. Sunil Shroff is a pioneer urologist, transplant surgeon and a social entrepreneur who has been instrumental in establishing the deceased donation and transplantation program in India. He is currently the Senior Consultant Urologist at Madras Medical Mission Hospital. As a founder trustee of MOHAN Foundation, he has been actively promoting the concept of deceased donation after brain death since 1997 not only in India, but also in neighboring countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Through the foundation, he has worked for policy improvements and amendment of the law to ease deceased donation in India. He is President-Elect of the Indian Society of Organ Transplantation' (ISOT), Past president of SAARC Nephrology, Urology & Transplantation Society that represents 8 south Asian countries. He has published 5 books, 12 book chapters and 120 scientific articles. He has actively used technology to help with improving access to validated health information and this in turn has greatly helped the organ donation and transplantation ecosystem too. During the COVID pandemic he has been involved with promotion of digital health in India through various telemedicine societies and health websites and conducted training certification courses for doctors on how to use telehealth for practice
Councilor Europe (one position)
Margarida Ivo
Margarida Ivo da Silva, MD, is a general and kidney transplant surgeon and also participates in the pediatric kidney transplant program in the Transplant Unit of the Centro Hospitalar Universitario de Lisboa Norte (CHULN). She has been Coordinator of donation and transplantation for 10 years (2009-2019). During that time, she contributed to the implementation of the Non-heart-beating Cornea Donation program, and for the implementation of the uncontrolled donation after circulatory death in CHULN. She was also one of the members of the expert committee for the implementation of the national protocol of the uncontrolled donation after circulatory death. With a large experience on both sides, kidney transplantation and transplant procurement coordination, she is the currently National Transplant Coordinator in the Instituto Português do Sangue e da Transplantação, IP and has been the invited Assistant of Surgery (Coordinator) in the Medical Faculty of the University of Lisbon-Lisbon Academic Medical Center since 2006.
Ines Ushiro-Lumb
Ines Ushiro-Lumb, MD, MSc, FRCPath has been the Clinical Microbiology Lead in Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation at the National Health Service Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) since 2012. Before joining NHSBT, Ines had accumulated over 10 years of Clinical Virology experience, including in the specialist areas of hematopoietic stem cell and solid organ transplantation in children and adults. Ines has contributed to several national and European committees and expert groups on various aspects of quality and safety of donation and transplantation of cells, tissues and organs. These include reports and guidance commissioned by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, The Notify Project, European Union Health Programme, European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines, and the UK Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs. In 2021, Ines’ work was recognized by the UK Awards for Excellence in Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation under the special category of “exceptional individual during the COVID Pandemic”.
Councilor Middle East/Africa (one position)
Ali Alobaidli
Ali Abdulkareem Al Obaidli, M.B., B.Ch. B.A.O, MPH is a Consultant Nephrologist & Transplant Physician at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) and at The Imperial College London Diabetes Centre and Chairman of UAE National Transplant Committee. After completing his medical degrees from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), he completed his postgraduate studies in Toronto Canada in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Transplantation and achieved his American board and Canadian Royal college certification in Internal Medicine and Nephrology and United Network for Organ Sharing – UNOS certification in Transplant Nephrology

In addition to his clinical training, he completed healthcare management and leadership training through the American College of Physician Executives, the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians and The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he got his Master of Public Health. He led UAE deceased organ donations start including UAE start of Heart, Lung, Liver & Kidney Transplantation. He has received various national awards. At the International level he is member of the GCC Transplant Committee, Istanbul Declaration Steering Committee and DICG since 2008 was Vice President Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation MESOT during 2014-2016 and provided support for hosting ISODP 2019 in Dubai UAE.

David Thomson
David Thomson, MD is a critical care sub-specialist and transplant surgeon at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa. He is the current President of the South Africa Transplantation Society and a leader in developing deceased donation programs in South Africa. Dr. Thomson was a key member in the Determination of Brain Death/Death by Neurological Criteria: The World Brain Death Project. He has led the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa in compiling and publishing South African Guidelines on the Determination of Death. He is a member of a transplant team that has pioneered in using HIV positive deceased donors for renal transplantation and donors after circulatory death. With the support of the ISODP he facilitated the creation of a National Strategic Roadmap for Improving Deceased Donation currently under consideration by the National Department of Health.
Councilor North America (two positions, running unopposed)
Jeff Orlowski
Jeff is President and CEO of LifeShare of Oklahoma, and President of the LifeShare Foundation. Jeff has 34 years of experience in organ and tissue donation. Jeff currently serves as UNOS Region 4 Councilor. He is a member of the UNOS and OPTN Boards, the OPTN Executive Committee, the UNOS Corporate Affairs Committee, the Donation Board of Trustees for the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, Chair of the AOPO Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee, and is Chair of the Oklahoma Governor’s Advancement of Wellness Advisory Council. He is Past President of both the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and Donate Life America and has served on numerous other Boards. He has co-authored 40-plus peer-reviewed articles and has given lectures throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. Jeff holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Kansas and an M.S. in Management from Regis University in Denver. He has been honored with numerous awards, including the AATB Jeanne C. Mowe Distinguished Service Award, the AOPO/Sallop “Excellence in Leadership” Award, and the AOPO President’s Award. In 2020 he was selected by the Oklahoman newspaper as the top Midsize Business Leader in their annual Top Workplaces Awards.
Matthew Weiss
Dr. Weiss has played an active role in donation policy across Canada since 2017 when he became the medical director of donation at Transplant Québec. During his relatively short time in the donation field, Dr. Weiss has created links to experts across the world and has given well received presentations at several national and international conferences. Clinically, Dr. Weiss has worked full-time as a pediatric intensivist in Quebec City, Canada since 2010 after completing his training at McGill University in Montreal. His academic and policy work includes more than 35 peer reviewed publications, including the world's first national clinical guidelines for pediatric donation after circulatory determination of death, a summary of international recommendations on OTDT practices during the COVID pandemic, and the senior author reporting on Canada's first donations after medical assistance in dying. He is currently active in multiple national and international initiatives, notably as the lead of an international forum on OTDT legislation and policy. A dual citizen in Canada and the United States and fluent in both French and English, Dr. Weiss is comfortable working in international settings and looks forward to the opportunity to expand the role of the ISODP as a respected international source of donation science and policy innovations.



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