Yesterday UNOS CEO Brian Shepard appeared before the Senate Committee on Finance to testify about the role of United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the organ donation and transplant community’s ongoing efforts to save lives and further improve the national system.
We were surprised and disappointed by the Senate Committee on Finance’s misunderstanding of the role UNOS has been assigned by the government within the nation’s organ donation and transplant system. This includes the confidential peer-review process, which ensures ongoing improvement and is widely used across the U.S. healthcare setting. Still, we remain dedicated to working with Congress to improve the system, which saves more lives every year. We are proud to serve all patients who rely on us to accomplish this lifesaving work every day.
The U.S. organ donation and transplantation system is the most successful in the world and will soon exceed one million transplants in its history. Each of those numbers represents a patient whose life was transformed, and we look forward to continue building upon these efforts with the community in the coming years. UNOS is proud of the network we have built together, serving all patients who rely on us to accomplish this lifesaving work.
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the mission-driven non-profit serving as the nation’s transplant system under contract with the federal government. We lead the network of transplant hospitals, organ procurement organizations, and thousands of volunteers who are dedicated to honoring the gifts of life entrusted to us and to making lifesaving transplants possible for patients in need. Working together, we leverage data and advances in science and technology to continuously strengthen the system, increase the number of organs recovered and the number of transplants performed, and ensure patients across the nation have equitable access to transplant.
United Network for Organ Sharing