ISODP 2019 Election
Dear ISODP Members,
The ISODP Council is pleased to announce the start of the 2019 ISODP Election. We encourage you to participate in this election to help determine your representatives for the ISODP 2019-2023 Council.
- Using your ISODP membership login into your member account on the top right of your screen.
- Click the “ISODP 2019 Election” button, you will be immediately taken to the election ballot.
- The 2019 election ballot includes photos and biographical sketches of each nominee. All members, regardless of geographical region, should vote in each category.
Cast your vote online today! The deadline to vote is June 21, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT.
The results of the election will be announced later this summer and new councillors will begin their terms at the ISODP Business Meeting that will take place on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 4:30PM during the 15th Congress of the International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement in Dubai, UAE (www.isodp2019.org).
I look forward to your participation in the election and seeing you at the Congress in Dubai.
President-Elect (One vote in this category)
Councilor for Europe (Two votes in this category; these candidates are running unopposed)
I would consider it an honour if I were to be chosen to serve as a member of the ISODP Council for the 2019-2023 session. I believe that I have the expertise, experience and passion for organ donation to make me the right choice for the Council and to enable me to serve with distinction.
As the Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, I have the honour of leading the UK Organ Procurement Organisation. My role is a unique blend of leading a large multi-disciplinary team across the 4 UK nations, being responsible for the operational and strategic direction of the service and ensuring performance improves with caring and compassion at the centre of everything our service does to support organ donors and their families.
I am a professional Nurse and most of my career has seen me working for NHS Blood and Transplant. During this time, I have been able to develop my knowledge and expertise of organ and tissue donation, leading the redesign of the UK organ donation service and pathway to maximise donation opportunities, which has delivered a 98% increase in organ donors since 2008. This has allowed me to become a respected figure in UK healthcare and a widely recognised expert in the field of organ donation.
My experience as the leader of a unique UK wide healthcare organisation has been recognised having recently worked as a Professional Advisor to NHS England and a leadership pioneer in Uganda, sharing best practice with international colleagues and mentoring emerging Ugandan healthcare leaders. I am very privileged to say that I am currently the HSJ Awards Clinical Leader of the Year; the most prestigious individual award in UK Healthcare and an award for which I was nominated by my organ donation and transplantation colleagues. I believe my varied experiences are a testament to the extent to which my leadership and influence extends beyond my Organ Donation and Transplantation portfolio.
Internationally, I am a well-known and respected member of the Organ Donation and Transplantation community. Regularly attending and presenting at international meetings to share the UK experience and learning with international colleagues. I am always keen to support developing expertise across the globe and I am proud to share and support ideas in this incredible and unique field of healthcare.
Maria Paula Gomez
I am honored to have been nominated for Councilor of the International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement - ISODP. I am currently the Executive Director of the Donation and Transplantation Institute – DTI Foundation, in Barcelona, Spain.
During my 20 years working in the healthcare sector, I have been working with hospitals and with regional and national health authorities to help solve the complex challenges they face in the organ donation for transplantation area. I completed my medical school and specialization in healthcare management at the University of Medicine in Bogotá, Colombia; then I did my master’s degree in Organ, Tissue and Cell Donation for Transplant at the University of Barcelona, Spain. My research focuses include quality in organ donation procedures and impact of education and other best practices in organ donation rates.
I have led and manage national and regional organ donation offices as well as in hospital organ procurement units in Colombia and Australia. I have been responsible to design, lead and coordinate the implementation of leading practice in organ donation in countries in Europe, Middle East, Asia, South America, and Caribbean Area. I led major changes in the methodology of the health systems, advised and developed the most appropriate strategies, trained and guided the healthcare professionals in how to implement the new methodology, dealt with multicultural regions, political instability and a variety of religions. I helped analyzing the situation, identifying and diagnosing the main problems, provided the solutions based on best practice, then monitoring the program implementation and audited hospitals. All projects were developing with direct interaction with the highest levels of leadership (Minister of Health and hospital CEOs).
I am a faculty member of the TPM courses and Barcelona University Master Degree in Organ Donation where I have trained numerous medical professionals. I have been giving lectures at conferences worldwide sharing my experience to the training of other physicians and transplant coordinators.
I would like to contribute with my expertise favoring the growth of ISODP, specially supporting the transplant coordinators community worldwide.
Councilor for Oceania (This candidate is running unopposed)
It is a privilege to be considered for a position of council member for ISODP. I have been a longstanding member of this professional organization and encourage colleagues to actively participate in international collaboration within the sector. I have worked in organ and tissue donation for almost 30 years as a transplant coordinator, manager, educator and leader, supporting clinicians, medical, nursing and allied health staff to ensure the opportunity for donation is preserved in order to save and enhance the lives of transplant recipients.
My commitment to donor family care and communication is evidenced by my role as a lecturer for the International Course for Advanced Transplant Coordination (TPM) for the past 13 years in Spain, as well as being a national lead trainer in Australia for family donation conversations for the past 5 years. Currently, I am the State Manager of the Queensland DonateLife Organ and Tissue Donation Agency, having established this organization in 1999 to deliver a state-wide service.
I serve on the Clinical Governance Committee nationally with the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority since 2009, as well as ethical committees in matters relating to donation and transplantation at the local and national level. I maintain a close connection and partner with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), fostering higher education and internships to provide future leaders in the sector and have recently been appointed as a Board Member for the QUT Alumni Board.
I would value the opportunity to be an ambassador for ISODP to represent the views of the organization and its membership in the donation and transplantation sector. I offer my international and national experience of clinical currency, leadership and commitment to maintain a ‘world’s best practice’ mandate and to increase the profile of donation and transplantation professionals.
Councilor for Latin America (This candidate is running unopposed)
Rodrigo Lopez Falcony
I was born in Mexico City on September 28, 1977. I then moved to the estate of Guanajuato in Central Mexico where I attended medical school at the University of Guanajuato, and as an undergrad, won a scholarship/clerkship from Texas A&M to Scott and White hospital in Temple, Texas. I became a urologist and kidney transplant surgeon in Guadalajara at the hospital that has the highest productivity in organ transplantation in the whole country. I moved back to Guanajuato after graduating in 2008 and in that same year in September, started to work at Guanajuato´s Transplant Center as a transplant coordinator and in 2011 as the CEO.
I realized that much has been done in the area of transplantation, but we had not developed an organ donation program therefore, in 2011 my biggest challenge was to establish an organ donation program at the State of Guanajuato. I´m very humble and proud to say that my team developed the most robust and successful organ donation program having the second highest organ donation rate in Mexico and Guanajuato is now a leader in deceased donor kidney transplant.
As a CEO, I have established public policies to prioritize transplant in children, to improve the rates in judicial approvals for organ donation, and set four transplant programs in the state, two public programs, one of them pediatric and two programs in local private hospitals. I was also elected as the president of the Mexican Society of Transplantation for the period of 2019-2021.
It will be an honor to serve the ISODP. Organ donation and transplantation is a gift from science to the world and with many challenges still ahead in our developing countries, I am certain that, as a team, we will overcome these challenges.