Board of Directors
Michael E. De Vera, MD, FACS.
Dr. De Vera is the 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.
Dr. Fung serves at the University of Chicago as Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Section of Transplantation, and Co-Director of its Transplant Institute. Dr. Fung has held previous leadership positions at the Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) and the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. He has published widely on numerous research and clinical topics in organ donation and transplantation.
Stuart Greenstein, MD, FACS
Dr. Greenstein is a senior transplant surgeon at the Montefiore Medical Center Kidney Transplant Program in New York, NY. . Dr. Greenstein has served on the American Society of Transplant Surgeons Ethics and Standards on Organ Procurement Committees, and the National Kidney Foundation Medical Advisory Board. He chaired the Organ Availability Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and co-chaired the ad hoc Committee on Public Solicitation. He has been an active member of the Kidney Pancreas Transplant Committee of UNOS.
Donald Hillebrand, MD
Dr. Donald Hillebrand is a hepatologist/gastroenterologist in Des Moines, Iowa. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Ron Taubman, Patient Advocate, Fundraising/Development Chair
Mr. Taubman received a kidney pancreas transplant in Los Angeles in 2001. He is a former Vice President of Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO), and the Immediate Past President of TRIO Ventura County West Valley Chapter (California). He served as Region 5 Representative on the UNOS Pancreas Committee from July 2007 to July 2009. Ron has received a second kidney transplant. As FAIR’s newest Board member and Fundraising Chair he is currently re-crafting the fundraising efforts.
Ron Young, RN, Patient Education Chair
Mr. Young received a liver transplant at Scripps Green Hospital in 2016. His prior experience includes working as Medical Management Nurse at Anthem Blue Cross in Palm Springs, and duties as an RN case manager at a number of Los Angeles hospitals. Currently, Ron handles Patient Education and moderates the Coachella Valley FAIR Support Group for liver and kidney patients.
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.
Lorenzo Rossaro, M.D., FACP; Professor and Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology; past-Director, Liver Transplant program, University of California, Davis Medical Center Sacramento, CA.