RICHMOND, Va., – United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) promoted Maureen McBride to Chief Contract Operations Officer. UNOS runs the nation’s transplant system, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Services & Resources Administration (HRSA).
As Chief Contract Operations Officer, McBride will represent UNOS to the federal government in contract matters. She will have direct management responsibility for overseeing the core membership, policy, and compliance operations and activities required under the contract. She will also oversee the Organ Center.
McBride joined UNOS in 1995, then became Director of Research in 2006. As the Director of Research, she provided expertise in research, analysis, and performance measurement conducted by UNOS staff. She also provided advice and expertise to staff in regards to research studies undertaken in collaboration with transplantation professionals across the country and assisted UNOS staff with the development of research proposals and projects, grant proposals, and research publications.
“Dr. McBride has outstanding working relationships with individuals throughout UNOS and the transplant community. In this role, she will expand her already critical role in communicating with HRSA,” said UNOS CEO, Brian Shepard.
McBride received her B.S. in Mathematics from Loyola College in Maryland and a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia. She has contributed to studies in more than 50 manuscripts and publications.
A private, nonprofit organization, UNOS manages the nation’s organ transplant system and oversees the world’s most comprehensive database of clinical transplant information under contract with the federal government. UNOS operates the 24-hour computerized organ sharing system, matching donated organs to patients registered on the national organ transplant waiting list. UNOS seeks to increase organ donation through education and improve transplant success rates through outcomes-based research and policymaking. Transplant scientists and health officials recognize UNOS-developed technology applications as the international model for organ sharing. UNOS’ mission is to advance organ availability and transplantation by uniting and supporting its communities for the benefit of patients through education, technology and policy development.