TAMPA, Fla., September 30, 2019 - Dr. Denise Alveranga, has been elected by the national organ donation and transplantation community to the Board of Directors at the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS). With just sixteen other members elected throughout the nation, Dr. Alveranga is honored to have been chosen, and vows to work hard for the board’s mission of developing evidence-based policies aimed at reducing the burden of renal disease in transplant patients (candidates and recipients), including better access and health outcomes.
Board members are volunteers and serve between one and three years, depending on their elected office. Term of service started on July 1, 2019. On September 26 was the celebration dinner for this nomination.
Dr. Alveranga is serving as the Minority Transplant Professional Representative. She has been an advocate for minority affairs for many decades in various roles since her initial appointment to UNOS Minority affairs committee in 1991. In this role, she is part of a seven-person Executive Committee where she will work with transplant surgeons, transplant candidates, recipients, donors, and family members to bring important issues to the attention of the Board of Directors.
“I always wanted to help people, I wanted to serve,” said Dr. Alveranga, reflecting on her decades-long career in nephrology. “I wanted to render the best medical care available to anyone and everyone. I still have some patients I’ve been seeing since 1984, so it’s been a good experience for me. During that time, I’ve had several supervisory roles. I’ve been chief of nephrology at Tampa General Hospital. I am a transplant nephrologist, and all of these opportunities gave me the opportunity to oversee the work of my peers and other nephrologists.”
In addition to her work with Florida Kidney Physicians, Dr. Alveranga continues to provide expert services to the Tampa General Hospital Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program. She serves as the Medical Director of Inpatient Dialysis at Tampa General Hospital, as well as Medical Director of DaVita Temple Terrace Dialysis Unit.
“I was so happy to congratulate Denise on her election to the UNOS Board” said Dr. Rajendra Baliga, Medical Director of the pancreas transplant program at Tampa General Hospital, and nephrologist at Florida Kidney Physicians. “She is a determined leader, fierce advocate, and tireless worker. I am sure that with her new position on the UNOS Board she will work on reducing disparities in organ allocation and outcomes in the transplant population, with specific emphasis on the minority communities. She has a gift for understanding what her patients need, and will bring her impressive medical experience to the table to ensure that the board continues to consider both the scientific and the human aspects of kidney transplantation.”