Thursday, August 4, 2022

UNOS hearing in the Senate

 Yesterday in D.C. ... a tough hearing of the Senate Finance committee.  You can listen to the video now, but it looks like the committee will populate the links to documents only slowly.

[Update: better video link-- ]

A System in Need of Repair: Addressing Organizational Failures of the U.S.’s Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022Time: 02:30 PMLocation: 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building


Pursuant to guidance from the CDC and OAP, Senate office buildings are not open to the public other than official business visitors and credentialed press at this time. Accordingly, in-person visitors cannot be accommodated at this hearing. We encourage the public to utilize the Committee’s livestream of the hearing, available on the website at

Member Statements

  1.  Ron Wyden (D - OR)
  2.  Mike Crapo (R - ID)


  1. Brian Shepard
    Chief Executive Officer
    United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
    Richmond , VA
  2. Diane Brockmeier, RN
    President And CEO
    Mid-America Transplant
    St. Louis , MO
  3. Barry Friedman, RN
    Executive Director
    AdventHealth Transplant Institute
    Orlando , FL
  4. Calvin Henry
    Region 3 Patient Affairs Committee Representative
    Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)
    Atlanta , GA
  5. Jayme Locke, M.D., MPH
    Director, Division Of Transplantation, Heersink School Of Medicine,
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham , AL

Related Files

 How do I submit a statement for the record?

Any individual or organization wanting to present their views for inclusion in the hearing record should submit in a Word document, a single-spaced statement, not exceeding 10 pages in length. No other file type will be accepted for inclusion. Title and date of the hearing, and the full name and address of the individual or organization must appear on the first page of the statement. Statements must be received no later than two weeks following the conclusion of the hearing.

Statements can be emailed to:

Statements should be mailed (not faxed) to:

Senate Committee on Finance
Attn. Editorial and Document Section
Rm. SD-219
Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510-6200


Here's a Washington Post story that came out yesterday, while the hearing was in progress:

70 deaths, many wasted organs are blamed on transplant system errors An investigation by the Senate Finance Committee blamed the fatalities on errors in screening organs for disease, blood-type mix-ups and other mistakes  By Lenny Bernstein and Todd C. Frankel August 3, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. EDT

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