Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is responsible for

  • Supervision of research efforts and use of the database
  • Organization of biannual meetings
  • Monthly conference call meetings of the Steering Committee members
  • Lobby for increased awareness of pediatric heart transplantation


Shri Deshpande, MBBS, MS
Children’s National Hospital (CNM)
Washington DC

Vice President

Kevin Daly, MD
Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH)
Boston, MA

Past President

Scott Auerbach, MD
Children’s Hospital of Colorado (UCM)
Denver, Colorado

Allied Health and Nursing Representative

Catriona Drake, RN, BSN
Freeman Hospital (FRH)
Newcastle upon Tyne

Diane Long, RN, BSN
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (ECH)
Atlanta, GA

DCC Representative

James Kirklin, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

Members at Large

Daphne Hsu, MD
Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (MMC)
New York, New York

Nathan Rodgers, MD
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital (MIN)
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Firezer Haregu, MD
University of Virginia Medical Center (UVA)
Charlottesville, Virginia

Steering/Scientific Committee Liaison

Carol Wittlieb-Weber
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CPH)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania