Dr. Steven Potter, ETMC Tyler transplant surgeon and
program director, has been elected by his peers to the United
Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) Kidney Transplantation Committee as
the physician representative for region four, which includes Texas
Dr. Potter was selected from 11 nominees for the two-year term,
which starts June 1, 2013.
The committee is charged with developing policies relating to
kidney transplantation. The goals are to increase access to
transplantation, promote transplant safety, improve long-term
kidney recipient outcomes and increase the number of
UNOS manages the nation's organ transplant system by matching
donors to recipients, maintains the database of all organ
transplants, develops policies to make the best use of the limited
supply of organs and monitors every organ match to ensure organ
allocation policies are followed.
In 2012, Dr. Potter was also named the secretary-treasurer for the
Texas Transplantation Society.
ETMC has completed 648 kidney transplants since the program began
in 1987. Currently, more than 93,000 Americans are on the
national waiting list for a kidney donation.