Boards & Committees - Standards and Guidelines

Standards and Guidelines Committee


Standards & Guidelines Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Acropolis Congres Centre, Nice, France


As part of our mission, ISHLT engages in the regular development of guidelines, consensus documents, standards statements, and policy statements regarding end-stage heart disease, end-stage lung disease, heart transplantation, and lung transplantation. A complete list of these documents that ISHLT has published, co-authored, and/or endorsed is listed below, organized by date of publication. Free access to the full text of most of the below documents is available by clicking on the titles.

ISHLT Standards and Guidelines Development Protocol (PDF)  This is the document which all ISHLT-developed standards and guidelines are required to follow.

ISHLT Policies Regarding the Development of Guidelines Jointly with Other Organizations (PDF)

Initial Application (Word Doc)
Follow-up Application (Word Doc)

Visit the Guidelines page to see the published ISHLT Guidelines, Standards Statements, Policy Statements, Consensus Documents since 1998.


  • The Standards and Guidelines Committee shall consist of a Vice-Chair appointed by the Board of Directors, a Chair who shall rotate into the position after serving as Vice-Chair, and the Immediate Past Chair.
  • Vice Chair and Past Chair terms are one year each.  The Chair serves a 2 year term. The leader of each Scientific Council Standards and Guidelines Workforce shall serve on the Committee.
  • The Committee Chair may appoint up to three at large committee members to each serve a two-year term for the purpose of ensuring broad geographic representation on the Committee.


  • Identify the need to update existing standards and guidelines and to develop new standards and guidelines relevant to the mission of the Society.
  • Maintain a calendar for the regular review/revision of existing standards and guidelines and for the development of new standards and guidelines.
  • Develop and revise, as needed, criteria to which all ISHLT standards and guidelines documents must adhere.
  • Develop and revise, as needed, policies regarding content of standards and guidelines documents.
  • Refer suggestions and recommendations for standards and guidelines documents and consensus conferences to the appropriate Scientific Councils for development into formal proposals.
  • Review proposals for standards and guidelines documents and consensus conferences generated by the Scientific Councils.
  • Act as liaison between the Scientific Councils, the proposed standards and guideline document authors and consensus conference organizers, the Finance Committee, the Executive Director, and the Board to facilitate presentation of well-structured proposals for the Board’s consideration, with appropriate budget proposals.
  • Act as liaison with the Journal editor to keep him/her aware of timelines, topics, and length of proposed standards and guidelines documents to facilitate appropriate and timely publication strategies.
  • Coordinate with the staff regarding external distribution/public awareness of ISHLT standards and guidelines and the publication of standards and guidelines in other-language journals.
  • Coordinate with the Education Committee Chair and Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair regarding the development of educational activities to disseminate information/training about new standards and guidelines.
  • Provide initial review of requests from other organizations to co-sponsor or endorse standards and guidelines or consensus conferences relevant to the mission of the society and make recommendations to the Board regarding such.

Maryl R. Johnson, MD
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI, USA

Maryl R. Johnson, MD, received her medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine where she also completed postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. She joined the faculty at Iowa and was instrumental in the establishment of a cardiac transplant program, serving as the Medical Director of Cardiac Transplantation from 1984-1988. Her subsequent career has been entirely devoted to the care of patients with heart failure and following cardiac transplantation. She served as the Associate Medical Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program at Loyola University Medical Center from 1988-1994, Associate Medical Director of the Rush Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program from 1994-1997, and Medical Director, Heart Failure and Transplantation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital from 1998-2002. She moved to the University of Wisconsin as Medical Director of Heart Failure and Transplantation and Professor of Medicine in July 2002. Dr. Johnson's clinical interests are in the care of patients with severe congestive heart failure, including the use of mechanical circulatory support devices and cardiac transplantation. She has a particular interest in the treatment and outcome of congestive heart failure in women. Her research interests include the use of mechanical assistance in patients with severe heart failure and the coronary artery disease which develops in cardiac transplant recipients. She has also been an investigator in many of the multicenter trials evaluating new agents for the medical treatment of heart failure.


James K. Kirklin, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birminham, Alabama, USA

James Kirklin, MD, is a Professor and Director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. Dr. Kirklin is a 1973 graduate of Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Toronto, and completed two fellowships at Children's Hospital, Boston and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He is a past president of the ISHLT and former editor-in-chief of the Journal for Heart and Lung Transplantation. 


Basic Science and Translational Research Council
Roland G. Nador, MD (2015)

University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA

Bio coming soon...

Heart Failure and Transplantation Council
David A. Baran, MD (2016)

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark, NJ, USA

Bio coming soon...

Infectious Diseases Council
Stanley I. Martin, MD (2015)

Ohio State University Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Stanley Martin, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Martin has a clinical and research interest in infectious diseases related to non-HIV immunocompromised hosts. His work and training have focused mainly on patients undergoing solid organ and bone marrow transplantation. His research interests have included molecular virology in transplantation, xenotransplantation, and infectious complications of monoclonal antibody therapy. Dr. Martin earned his MD at the University of Tennessee and subsequently completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He went on to complete an infectious diseases fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

Junior Faculty and Trainee Council
Steven Kindel, MD (2017)

Children's Hospital and Medical Center
Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Bio coming soon...

Mechanical Circulatory Support Council
David S. Feldman, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA (2015)

Minneapolis Heart Institute
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

David S. Feldman, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA, is a researcher and clinical cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His interests include heart and lung transplantation. Dr. Feldman is also Director of Heart Failure, VAD and Cardiac Transplantation at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Dr. Feldman received his medical training at the Medical College of Georgia in Atlanta. He completed his residency and a Medicine and Cardiology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and a Molecular and Cell Biology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. 

Nursing, Health Sciences and Allied Health Council
Annemarie Kaan, MCN, RN (2017)

St. Paul's Hospital
Vancouver, BC, CANADA

Annemarie Kaan is Clinical Nurse Specialist in heart failure/transplant at St Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, and an Adjunct Professor with University of British Columbia School of Nursing. She holds a Masters degree in Clinical Nursing. With over 25 years experience in cardiac nursing in Australia and Canada,  Ms. Kaan is an international leader in acute heart failure VAD and transplant nursing.

Pathology Council
Joseph J. Maleszewski, MD (2016)

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN, USA

Joseph J. Maleszewski, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Consultant in the Divisions of Anatomic Pathology, Cardiovascular Diseases, Medical Genetics, and Biochemistry and Immunology at Mayo Clinic. After graduating from Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine, he completed his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and, subsequently, fellowships in Cardiovascular Pathology and Molecular Genetic Pathology at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Maleszewski's clinical and research interests include diagnostic cardiovascular pathology, congenital heart disease, cardiac and pulmonary transplantation, and pulmonary vascular disease.

Pediatric Transplantation Council
Robert J. Boucek, Jr., MD (2016)

Brentwood, TN, USA

Bio coming soon...

Pharmacy & Pharmacology Council
Christopher R Ensor, PharmD, BCPS-CV (2016)

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Bio coming soon...

Pulmonary Hypertension Council
Teresa De Marco, MD, FACC (2017)

University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California, USA

Bio coming soon...

Pulmonary Transplantation Council
Peter M Hopkins, FRACP (2017)

The Prince Charles Hospital

Dr Peter Hopkins is the Director of the Quensland Lung Transplant Service and Associate Professor with the School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane. Research interests include First in Man clinical trials of innovative bronchoscopic techniques of lung volume reduction and development of novel treatment strategies for interstitial lung disease. Executive positions are held with the Australian Lung Foundation (PIVOT and the Australian IPF Registry), Deputy Chair of the Lung Standing Committee Transplant Society of Australia and New Zealand, Convenor SIG Interventional Bronchoscopy Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and National Examiners Panel Royal Australian College of Physicians.

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