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Howard Nathan is the President & CEO of Philadelphia-based Gift of Life Donor Program which now employs over 200 professionals. He began working at the organization in 1978 as a transplant coordinator and has led the organization since 1984. Gift of Life is the largest and one of the oldest of the 58 organ procurement organizations in the United States, having coordinated more than 40,000 organs for transplantation and hundreds of thousands of tissue transplants since 1974. Gift of Life has 15 transplant centers with 42 organ-specific programs and 129 donor hospitals. Mr. Nathan is also the President of the Transplant Foundation, Founder and President of the Gift of Life Institute, an international research and training center for donation and transplantation professionals established in 2004, and President of the Gift of Life Family House.
Mr. Nathan is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on organ and tissue donation. He was elected to the Board of Directors for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) for three terms and served as Treasurer. Mr. Nathan is a past president of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), past president of the Coalition on Donation (now Donate Life America), and past president of the International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP). Mr. Nathan currently serves on the following boards: Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC), Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) Governing Board and Donation Board of Trustees, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee, National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI), LifeLogics, Inc. He also served on the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT), National Kidney Foundation (NKF), North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO), James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness, and American Red Cross Blood Services (Penn Jersey Region).
A visible figure in the field of transplantation, Mr. Nathan is a regular presenter at regional, national and international organ and tissue procurement, transplantation and medical/healthcare conferences, and has published more than 350 scientific papers and abstracts in his 38-year tenure. He is consulted regularly by members of the media and has appeared on national and international TV news and talk programs (CNN, MSNBC, Geraldo, Donohue, Morton Downey Jr., CCTV (China), NHK (Japan).
Mr. Nathan was presented with The Belzer Award for outstanding abstract at the 4th International Society for Organ Sharing Congress in 1997. He received numerous outstanding achievement awards from national organizations including: National Kidney Foundation, U.S. Transplant Games Committee (1992), National Kidney Foundation of Delaware Valley (1994), Association of Organ Procurement Organization’s Outstanding Achievement Award (1996), American Liver Foundation (2002), NDRI Award for "Distinguished Service to Science” (2007), LifeNet Health’s Exemplary Service Award (2007).