Boards & Committees - Registries and Databases



Registries and Databases Committee Meeting
April 2015, Nice, France (date/time TBA)

  • The Registries and Databases Committee shall be chaired by the Medical Director of the Thoracic Transplant Registry.
  • The leader of each Scientific Council Workforce on Registries and Databases shall serve on the Committee.
  • The Medical Director of each ISHLT Registry and Database shall serve on the Committee.
  • The Committee Chair shall appoint up to two additional members to serve as outcomes specialists.
  • The biostatistician for the Thoracic Registry shall serve on the committee.
  1. Develop criteria, policies, and standards to which all ISHLT registries and databases must conform, to include the following: data field development, patient data privacy, data definitions, data collection protocols, data use protocols, data distribution protocols, data analysis, institutional enrollment, data protection, data validity and integrity.
  2. Ensure, to the greatest extent possible, uniformity across registries and databases in terms of data fields, data definitions, patient identifiers, etc.
  3. Review and evaluate proposals for registries and databases generated by the Scientific Councils, determine priorities and costs, and make recommendations to the Board regarding approval of such proposals.
  4. Oversee the implementation of new registries and databases and monitor their ongoing progress, participation rates, and cost benefit ratio.
  5. Conduct regular evaluations regarding the need to continue to operate existing registries and databases.
  6. Act as liaison between the Scientific Council Workforces on Registries and Standards and the Board to facilitate the presentation of well structured proposals for the board's consideration, with appropriate budget proposals

Councils wishing to submit a proposal for a mini registry can obtain an application from the ISHLT Headquarters.


Josef Stehlik, MD, MPH
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Josef Stehlik, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Stehlik received his medical degree from Charles University in Prague and Masters in Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and in Cardiovascular Diseases at Allegheny General Hospital, MCP*Hahnemann University and advanced training in Heart Failure and Transplantation at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Stehlik has been on faculty at the University of Utah since 2004 and serves as Medical Director of the Heart Transplant Program at the University of Utah Hospital and the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He has been active in clinical work, education and research in the areas of advanced heart failure, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.


Basic Science and Translational Research Council
Octavio E. Pajaro, MD, PhD

Mayo Clinic
Phoenix, AZ, USA

Bio coming soon...

Heart Failure and Transplantation Council (Co-Leader)
Alanna A Morris, MD

Emory University
Atlanta, GA, USA

Dr. Alanna A. Morris received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana, and her medical degree from the Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts in 2008. Subsequently, she came to Emory University to complete fellowships in general cardiology in 2012, and advanced heart failure and transplant in 2013.   After completion of her fellowship training, she was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine.  Her clinical time is spent as the Director of Heart Failure Services at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, and as faculty for Emory’s Center for Heart Failure Therapy and Transplantation.

Heart Failure and Transplantation Council (Co-Leader)
Luciano Potena, MD, PhD

University of Bologna
Bologna, Italy

Bio coming soon...

Infectious Diseases Council
Denis Hadjiliadis, MD

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr Hadjiliadis is the Paul F Harron Jr Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the Lung Transplant Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the physician leader of the Advanced Lung Disease Research Group. Dr Hadjiliadis completed his medical degree at the University of Toronto, his Internal Medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic and his Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. He subsequently completed an advanced fellowship in Lung Transplantation and Cystic Fibrosis at the University of Toronto and joined its faculty prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania. His main interests include patient selection and outcomes in lung transplantation, clinical trials in cystic fibrosis and prediction of outcomes and complications in cystic fibrosis. He is board certified by ABIM in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care and by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Internal medicine and Respirology.

Junior Faculty and Trainee Council
Evan P Kransdorf, MD, PhD

Mayo Clinic Arizona
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Evan Kransdorf is a senior fellow in Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic Arizona and an Instructor in Medicine at the Mayo Clinic Medical School.  Evan received a combined MD/PhD degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and then completed residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center.  He then completed a fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.   His clinical and research interests include Chagas and genetic cardiomyopathies, donor-recipient matching in heart transplantation, and cardiac allograft vasculopathy.

Mechanical Circulatory Support Council
Vivek Rao, MD, PhD

Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

Dr. Vivek Rao is the Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery and Professor of Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital where he is the Surgical Director of the Heart Transplant program. Dr. Rao completed his medical and surgical training at the University of Toronto prior to completing a fellowship in cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. In addition to performing a wide variety of cardiac surgical procedures, Dr. Rao is a recognized expert in heart failure surgery. He currently holds the Munk Chair in Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics at the Peter Munk Cardiac Center, Toronto General Hospital. In 2006, he was named as one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” by Caldwell Partners International.

Nursing, Health Sciences and Allied Health Council
Bernice L. Coleman, PhD, RN

Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California, USA

Bio coming soon...

Pathology Council
Robert F. Padera, MD, PhD

Brigham & Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Robert Padera, MD, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. He earned his MD from Harvard Medical School, his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,and completed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. His clinical specialties are in autopsy pathology, cardiac pathology, and pulmonary pathology. Dr. Padera's research interests include biotechnology, lung cancer, mouse models and transplant pathology.

Pediatric Transplantation Council
Scott R. Auerbach, MD

University of Colorado
Aurora, Colorado, USA

Bio coming soon...

Pharmacy and Pharmacology Council
Douglas L. Jennings, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Nova Southeastern University / Jackson Memorial Hospital / Miami Transplant Institute
Miami, FL, USA

Bio coming soon...

Pulmonary Hypertension Council
Rajeev Saggar, MD

Phoenix, AZ, USA

Bio coming soon...

Pulmonary Transplantation Council
Roger D. Yusen, MD, MPH

Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Roger Yusen, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He is a lung transplant pulmonologist and the medical director of the lung volume reduction surgery program at WUSM and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He focuses his research efforts on technology assessment in pulmonary and transplant medicine.


Maria G. Crespo-Leiro, MD

Hospital Universitario A. Coruna y Trasplante Cardiaco
La Coruna, SPAIN

Maria G (Marisa) Crespo-Leiro, MD, PhD, FESC, is the Medical Director of the Advanced Heart Failure Transplant Unit at the Hospital Universitario A Coruña, La Coruña, Spain.  She obtained her MD degree at the University of Santiago de Compostela, her specialization in cardiology at Clinica Puerta de Hierro in Madrid and her PhD from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Since 1993 she has been working in the Heart Division at the Hospital Universitario A Coruña (formerly the Hospital Universitario Juan Canalejo) in La Coruña, where she is also Associate Professor of Medicine. Her main fields of research interest are heart failure and heart transplantation.

Leah Edwards, PhD

United Network for Organ Sharing
Richmond, Virginia, USA

Bio coming soon...

Jaime Williamson

ISHLT Registry
Richmond, Virginia, USA

Bio coming soon...

Kathryn A. Philibin, RN

Richmond, Virginia, USA

Bio coming soon...

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