Sweet Elected Secretary of OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors
Stuart C. Sweet, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and medical director of the pediatric lung transplant program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, has been elected secretary of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) board of directors. He will serve a two-year term beginning in late June 2012.
During his term as secretary, Dr. Sweet will keep the minutes of business transacted at all meetings of the OPTN/UNOS board. He will serve the same function for the OPTN/UNOS Executive Committee, which is authorized to consider and vote on matters as necessary between meetings of the full board.
Dr. Sweet currently chairs the OPTN/UNOS Policy Oversight Committee and serves as a member of the OPTN/UNOS Thoracic Organ Transplantation Committee, where he also chairs its Lung and Lung Implementation Subcommittees. He has previously served as a member of the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors, chaired the Pediatric Transplantation Committee, and served on the Membership and Professional Standards Committee.
He chaired the scientific program committee for the recently concluded International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) 32nd annual meeting; he has previously served on the ISHLT Board of Directors and co-chaired its Pediatric Council. He has also served on the Medical Affairs Committee of Mid-America Transplant Services.
Dr. Sweet earned a medical degree and a doctorate in cellular and molecular biology from the M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The OPTN brings together medical professionals, transplant recipients and donor families to develop national organ transplantation policy. The OPTN is managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Transplantation. The OPTN Board of Directors also serves as the Board of Directors for UNOS.