United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private non-profit organization that has managed the country’s organ transplant system since 1986. We manage the organ transplant waiting list and the matching of donated organs to waiting patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. UNOS’ technology infrastructure, policies and standards, education and research activities are behind the scenes of every transplant that takes place in the U.S.
Twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year, UNOS technology links every transplant hospital, organ procurement agency and tissue matching laboratory in the country, instantaneously matching and offering organs, as they are donated, to patients and transplant teams across the country. Innovations like these – that get the right organ to the right patient in the most efficient manner while ensuring quality and safety -- has made U.S. transplantation the model for transplant systems around the world.
UNOS needs ongoing support through charitable donations to fund educational outreach for patients, professionals and the general public. Please visit our website to learn more about our funding needs at www.support.unos.org. We rely on your support to continue our lifesaving mission!
On our horizon: an ever-increasing focus on patient and live donor safety; the continual need for technology capacity; responsibility of policy and technology infrastructure for vascular composite allograft transplantation (i.e., hands and faces); and the grave impact that diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, etc. (conditions that lead to organ failure and the need for transplant) are having on the demand for transplants and the supply of healthy, transplantable organs.
Shepard joined UNOS in 2010 as Director of Policy after serving 15 years in various high-level positions in Virginia state government, including the Director of Policy for the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In that position, Shepard worked directly with the governor to help identify and implement the policy priorities of the Commonwealth.
Shepard holds a Bachelor's degree in history from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg.
- Providing medically accurate information and resources to thousands of patients and their families on what to expect when receiving a transplant, along with pre/post transplant care (www.transplantliving.org).
- Educating transplant professionals- from organ procurement specialists to doctors- on current best practices and policy implementation. Our focus is on the improvement of patient safety outcomes, while providing opportunities that include both in-person workshops and distance learning.
- Reaching out to the general public to raise awareness of the importance of organ transplantation and UNOS’ life-saving mission. As part of this effort, our National Donor Memorial commemorates America's organ and tissue donors and their families (www.donormemorial.org).
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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