Gabel Elected to OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors

WESTWOOD, Kan. – April 22, 2013 – Ray Gabel, Midwest Transplant Network community education coordinator, was recently elected to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) board of directors as a patient and donor affairs and voluntary health organizations representative.

He is a past chair of the OPTN/UNOS patient affairs committee and has served on the policy oversight committee. Ray is a member of the Missouri governor’s advisory board on education about organ and tissue donation. He is co-chair of the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) Kansas City office and also served on the NKF’s Transplant Games committee, on the executive committee for the NKF’s transaction council and most recently on the Kansas and western Missouri steering committee for the Transplant Games of America. Ray is the chair of Team Kansas for Donate Life America (DLA) and served on DLA’s external communications committee. He is a member of the community outreach advisory committee of Shawnee Mission Medical Center and is a health board member of its institute for spirituality. He has served on the American Heart Association’s Heartland affiliate board of directors.

In addition to Ray’s professional dedication to organ and tissue donation awareness, he is also a two-time heart recipient and tissue recipient.

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