Dr. Robert A. Montgomery, MD, DPhil, FACS
Robert A. Montgomery is the inaugural recipient of the Margery K. and Thomas Pozefsky Professorship in Kidney Transplantation. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of the Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program, Chief of the Division of Transplantation, and Director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center, at the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. He received his Doctor of Medicine with Honor from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He received his Doctor of Philosophy from Balliol College, The University of Oxford, England in Molecular Immunology. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from his Alma Mater, St Lawrence University. Montgomery completed his general surgical training, multi-organ transplantation fellowship, and postdoctoral fellowship in Human Molecular Genetics at Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Montgomery has been involved in the development of innovative approaches to expanding live donor renal transplantation including: the laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, positive crossmatch and ABO incompatible transplantation, paired kidney exchange, and altruistic donor programs. His work with patients in these programs has been featured in numerous documentaries, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS and NBC Evening News, CNN, The Discovery Channel, and in print in USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post and 3 times in The Wall Street Journal, including a front-page article. He was part of the team that developed the laparoscopic procedure for live kidney donation, a procedure which has become the standard throughout the world. He led the team that performed the first triple swap, triple domino swap, and the world’s first quintuple kidney pared donation. He is considered a world’s expert on kidney transplantation for highly sensitized and ABO incompatible patients and has lead several national task forces and consensus groups on this subject. His other clinical interests include the use of expanded criteria donors and pulsatile perfusion pumping to preserve and rescue organs that previously were not used for transplantation. Dr. Montgomery has been the principle investigator on several extramural and NIH grants for the basic science study of the mechanisms underlying the immunomodulatory effect of plasmapheresis and incompatible transplantation, as well as gene and cell based therapies in solid organ transplantation.
Dr. Montgomery is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons and member of many surgical societies. He has received many awards and distinctions including a Fulbright Scholarship and a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and memberships in the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha academic honor societies. He has been awarded multiple scholarships from The American College of Surgeons and The American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
Brigitte Reeb, MFA
Brigitte Reeb specializes in the integration of clinical, financial and research data to support and optimize operational and business initiatives within healthcare systems. In her role as the Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, Brigitte is responsible for management of the center’s clinical operations, financial and billing processes, institutional regulatory compliance, performance improvement activities, community outreach, data systems and business development. She holds an MBA from the Johns Hopkins University.
Jane Miller, RN, BSN
Jane worked in the transplant field for eight years as a Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC) for both the Arizona Organ & Tissue Bank in Phoenix, AZ and the Organ Sharing Network in Milwaukee, WI. She worked extensively with donor families and coordinated the medical management, surgical recovery and distribution of organs for transplant and research. She also developed educational materials to promote organ and tissue donation.
Jane’s nursing career has spanned 25 years since receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked in the fields of critical care, hospice, and is currently working for the Loudoun County School District in Northern Virginia.
Lynn M. McDonald
Lynn is an entertaining speaker with a national clientele. She was CEO of a national training firm with headquarters in Sarasota, Florida where she lives with her husband, Michael McDonald, and their two eight-year-old, four-legged children (Shetland sheep dogs), Scoop and Dover.
Lynn is a published author with experience in instructional design, professional training, and development in several corporations including Bristol Myers Squibb. Lynn is a frequent television and radio guest known for her humor and common sense approach to problem solving.
Lynn believes strongly that a comprehensive online guide to kidney disease and trusted community where patients can interact with their families, friends, and care providers is urgently needed. Lynn is a financial contributor and supporter of NationalKidneyCenter.org.
Rohit (Ro) Dhanda
Over the past 18 years, Ro has demonstrated unparalleled achievement in the areas of business development and sales. As a member of the management team that launched the Iron Mountain Government Services business unit, Ro’s responsibilities have included revenue attainment, business strategy, client service delivery and partnering with other internal support organizations.
Ro has parlayed these critical business development skills in order to spearhead a variety of fundraising activities and events and to cultivate a large network of contacts–many within the wine industry and at local restaurants. It is this vast and varied professional network and expertise that Ro now plans to leverage as a member of the Advisory Board in order to guide the National Kidney Center to successfully achieving its mission.
On a more personal note, Ro’s father has been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease and has been on dialysis after battling diabetes and high blood pressure. Ro knows firsthand how critical a resource like the National Kidney Center can be in helping family members and loved ones gain a better understanding of Kidney Disease and navigate their care options.
John Lind, Vice President, Sales, Federal Markets, has been with Level 3 Communications for over 11 years and has held senior positions in the Operations and Sales organizations with experience in Network Development, Project Management, Implementation, Sales Engineering and Sales.
John has been active in community service in Northern Virginia in a variety of ways, from being an active 20-year donor of platelets to spearheading charitable events with his company, Level 3 Communications. As part of a commitment to the Northern Virginia area, John and the other members of the Level 3 leadership team have engaged the local office of Level 3 to be an active participant in local charity events, such as the March of Dimes, Fairfax Re-Leaf, and the Annual Potomac Watershed Clean Up. Additionally, John is the Committee Chairman in the local Cub Scout Pack, a soccer coach in the local community sports league, and on the Leadership Board for the local swim program. John plans on using his community ties to communicate and drive the mission of the National Kidney Center within the area, as well.
Mr. Lind holds an undergraduate degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Va Tech) and a graduate degree from George Mason University. He has taken additional Executive Education course work at the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School.