N. Thao N. Galvan, M.D., M.P.H. was elected to the United Network for Organ Sharing Ethics Committee for a three-year term. The Ethics Committee aims to guide the policies and practices of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network related to organ donation, procurement, distribution, allocation and transplantation to be consistent with ethical principles.
Dr. Galvan is an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Abdominal Transplantation in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. She specializes in adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplantations as well as the surgical treatment of portal hypertension. Dr. Galvan has developed an internal swap program enabling kidney recipients to receive living donations through a paired kidney exchange within all three of Baylor's transplant centers. She is lobbying to expand definitions of eligible organ donors to include those who would donate via Living Donation-Prior to Planned Withdrawal. She is a Health Policy Scholar at the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at BCM and holds 3-year term within the Ethics Committee of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.