Board of Directors
Richard Darling, DDS; Founder, President, Emeritus; Founder, author, Coma Life, National Public Citizen of the Year (National Association of Social Workers); Palm Desert, CA. (Ex-officio)
Michael E. De Vera, MD, FACS, Director and Chief of Transplant Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center Transplant Institute, Loma Linda, CA. Previously Co-Director of Liver Transplantation, Director of the Transplant Fellowship Program at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, Pittsburgh, PA.
John J. Fung, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, Chairman, Department of General Surgery; Director, Transplant Center, Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Past Chief Operating Officer, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, Chief, Division of Transplantation Surgery and Director of Liver Services. Cleveland, OH.
Charles J. Goodacre, DDS, MSD; Dean of the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry; Past President of the American College of Prosthodontists; Recipient of the William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation, and Achievement, recognizing outstanding innovation by a dental educator; Past President of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Redlands, CA.
Ray Hill, Patient Advocate: HIV/AIDS & HCV; AIDS activist labeled “Citizen Provocateur” by United States Supreme Court Justice William Brennan (U.S. Supreme CourtundefinedHouston v. Hill, 482 U.S. 451); American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Lifetime Achievement Award for advancing the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender citizens, voted “gay hero” 7 years in a row by Houston, Texas’s gay community. The Prison Show broadcast on Houston’s Pacifica radio KPFT 90.1 FM weekly since 1980. Houston Chronicle Article.
Donald Hillebrand, MD, Hepatologist; Iowa Health’s Center for Liver Disease, Des Moines, IA; Past Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at both Scripps Green Hospital, La Jolla, California and previous to that at the Loma Linda University Medical Center Transplant Institute, Loma Linda, CA.Philip Rugo, Patient Advocate: Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD) and as a representative of the gay community in its battles against hepatitis C; Past Director, Harrison House Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Center Northampton, MA
Advisors to the Board
Pedro W. Baron, MD, Director of Pediatric and Adult Liver Transplantation; Associate Professor of Surgery, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA.
Phil Berry, M.D., Advisory Committee for Organ Transplantation (ACOT) appointed by Secretary Tommie Thompson, Health & Human Services, 2001-2004; Past President, Texas Medical Association; President, Texas Medical Assoc. Foundation; Past Member, Board of Directors and Finance Committee, UNOS; Cofounder of the Southwest Transplant Foundation. Dallas, Texas An uplifting profile of Dr. Berry by the Dallas Morning News
Waldo Concepcion, MD, FACS; Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief of Clinical Transplantation, Chief of Pediatric Kidney Transplantation, Stanford University School of Medicine. Past Director of Liver, Pancreas, and Kidney Transplantation; Director of the Medical Center Transplantation Institute Education and Research Fund; Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC), CA.
David Courtney, Patient Advocate & post-double-lung transplant & pre-liver transplant patient: Alpha-1-Antitrypsin lung/liver disease; Member, Public Policy Roundtable on Organ Donation Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO); Past President, Texas Panhandle Chapter, Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO); Vice President, Director of Public Relations, The Presumed Consent Foundation, Plainview, TX.
Okechukwu N. Ojogho, MD, MMM, FACS, Surgical & Program Director, Kidney Transplant Program, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, Spokane, Washington.Past Director, Transplantation Institute, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA.
Lorenzo Rossaro, M.D., FACP; Professor and
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; past-Director, Liver
Transplant program, University of California, Davis Medical Center
Jill Weissman, PharmD, Transplant Pharmacist;
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Loma Linda
University School of Pharmacy, Loma Linda, California.