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Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network > About Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network

About Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network

We serve as the critical link between patients awaiting life-saving and life-changing organ and tissue transplants and donors who give the gift of life through organ donation.

Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN) is a not-for-profit, organ donor program that coordinates organ and tissue donations in New York State’s Finger Lakes, Central and Upstate regions. We work closely with the region’s hospitals to ensure that the organ donor decisions of area residents, in consultation with their families, are carried out at the time of death. Explore below to learn more about our services and history. Visit the sitemap for a full index of site content

Vision Statement

  • We envision universal acceptance of organ and tissue donation as a fundamental societal value.
  • With this universal acceptance, all organs and tissues suitable for donation will be transplanted, and the urgent demand for organs and tissues will be met.

Mission Statement

  • The Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network is dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissues for people in need of life-saving and life-improving transplants.
  • We are committed to increasing awareness and fostering understanding of organ and tissue donation among health care professionals and the general public.
  • We will provide individuals and their families with the knowledge required to make informed decisions about donation.

Advisory Board 

Victoria Adler, RN, BSN, CPTC, CEBT, Executive Director/Tissue Bank      Director, Lions Eye Bank at Albany

Jarrod A. Atkinson, MS, RN, NE-BC, CCRN-K, Director, 2400 and ICU, Rochester Regional Health – Unity Hospital

Juliann Axton, Transplant Administrator, Upstate University Hospital

Dorgam Badran-Zayed, MD, Chair, Organ Donor Council, St. Joseph’s Hospital

Leway Chen, MD, Director, Heart Failure and Transplant Program, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Julius Cheng, MD, Associate Professor, Burn Trauma and Emergency Surgery, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Reverend Joseph Colon, Chaplain, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

Myra Coppage, PhD, Director, Tissue Typing Lab, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Reut Hod Dvoria, PhD, Director, Histocompatibility Laboratory, Upstate University Hospital

Laura Hamilton, MD, Family Practice Physician

Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro, MD, Professor of Surgery; Chief, Division of Transplantation, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Charlene Hubbell, Supervisor, Tissue Typing Lab, Upstate University Hospital

Randeep Singh Kashyap, MD, Associate Professor, URMC Solid Organ Transplant, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Karen Kline, Donor Family Member

Mark Laftavi, MD, Professor of Surgery; Interim Chief of Transplant Services, Upstate University Hospital

David Landsberg, MD, FLDRN Medical Director; Professor and Chief of Medicine, Crouse Hospital

Margaret Lane, PhD, Assistant Professor, SUNY Brockport

Julius Gene Latorre, MD, Director, Neurocritical Care Services, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Upstate University Hospital

Linda Maiellano, Donor Family Member

Linda McAleer, Nursing Director for Pediatric Services, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Helen McMurray, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pathology & Lab Medicine, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Elizabeth McNamara, Senior Regional Director, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation

Nancy Metzler, Transplant Administrator, Solid Organ Transplant Program, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Matthew J. Miller, Manager, Miller Funeral Home

MaryLu Moriarty, Human Resource Liaison, Instructor of Business, Jefferson Community College

Janine Morris, RN, BSN, MPH, Transplant Administrator, Transplant Services, Upstate University Hospital

Kathy Parrinello, PhD, RN, Chief Operating Officer, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Paritosh Prasad, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Debra E. Roberts, MD, Medical Professor of the Neuromedicine ICU, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Beverly Shank, Transplant Recipient

Kimberly Smith, RN, Nurse Manager Critical Care/Cardiopulmonary, Samaritan Medical Center

Catherine Stephens, MSN, RN, CRNR, Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network Advisory Board Chair, Assistant Director of Nursing for Inpatient Services, Upstate University Hospital

James Szalados, MD, Neurointensivist and Director of Neurocritical Care, Rochester Regional Health System

Jeremy Taylor, MD, Nephrologist, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

E. Kate Valcin, MSN, RN, Associate Director for Adult Critical Care Nursing, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

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