Dr. Fouad Beydoun, PhDDr. Fouad Beydoun, PhD has worked in the field of heath care for nearly 30 years in the areas of emergency medicine, pathology and mental health, with the last 12 years focusing in the field of organ procurement. As President & CEO for International Association for Organ Donation (IAOD) and Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Co-Chairman, Harper University Hospital/ Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Detroit, MI a $1.8 billion health system affiliated with Wayne State University School of Medicine, comprised of nine specialty and community hospitals serving the Southeast Michigan area. His experience includes the production of more than 30 abstracts, journal articles and book chapters on topics related to donation and transplantation, with subjects addressing Donation Finance, Procurement Systems, Donor Management, Critical Pathways, and Organ and Tissue Bank Relations. Dr. Beydoun has recruited over 12,000 people for the Michigan Donor Registry; making the International Association for Organ Donation the number two organization in the field of organ donation in state of Michigan, per the Secretary of State. As of 1998, Dr. Beydoun became the founder of and President & CEO of the International Association of Organ Donation, a grass roots public education organization. This organization has worked with many different racial and ethnic groups (including Arab Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Americans and African Americans) in a number of community campaigns to increase organ donation. Dr. Beydoun received a Proclamation from the President of the United States of America for establishing Donate Life Month, as well as a Gubernatorial Recognition from the Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm and Special Recognition for Pioneering Leadership on Organ Donation from the United States Health Secretary, Tommy Thompson, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Tej K. MatooDr. Tej K. Matoo is currently the Chief, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan as well as Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He obtained his M.D. degrees at the University of Kashmir in Kashmir, India and the Royal College of Physicians in London, UK. He did a Fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He has received several honors including a Commendation by the Health Ministry, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for establishing the Kingdom’s first Kidney Center. Dr. Matoo is listed in “Detroit’s Top Doctors”, “America’s Top Pediatricians” and “Best Doctor’s in America”. He has written or co-written seventy-three peer-reviewed publications on Pediatric Nephrology and Kidney Disease. He has also completed several research projects focusing on Children and Adolescents and is the current Principal Investigator on research projects involving the treatment of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Dr. Matoo serves on several boards, including, Advisory Board, Great Lakes Transplantation Association, Board of Directors, International Association of Organ Donation, and the Scientific Advisory Board, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, just to name a few.

Additional Project Advisors

Dr. James J. PaparelloDr. James J. Paparello is a nephrologist at Northwestern University Hospital, who is involved in the clinical care of patients at all stages of kidney disease (pre-dialysis, dialysis dependent, and post transplant).  He obtained his M.D. degree at the University of Connecticut, he did his Residency and Fellowship Training at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Internal Medicine and Nephrology.  He is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Feinberg School of Medicine.  Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, he has written several recent medical journal publications on Chronic Kidney Disease as well as written or contributed to books or chapters in books on Chronic Kidney Disease.

Jeanette SlakeyJeanette M Slakey, MPH, has more than 20 years experience in the health care industry. As Executive Director of the Legacy Donor Foundation since October, 2006, she has experience in development fundraising, grant submission and management. In addition has developed educational programs and awareness campaigns related to organ donation focusing on young adults, minorities and office of motor vehicles employees resulting in a significant increase in the Louisiana Organ Donor registry. Jeanette has facilitated development of Donate Life Louisiana Collaboration – a partnership with the Louisiana Organ Procurement Organization to bring a consistent face and message to organ donation in Louisiana. She is a member of the Donate Life America – Donor Designation Collaborative Faculty which is responsible for determining best practices for registry development, donor designation rates and overall increases in donor registries nationwide.

Kristi VolkenantKristi Volkenant is a doctoral student at Bowling Green State University, where she is focusing her research on children and families coping. Her doctoral dissertation is investigating how children cope with chronic kidney disease when they are in the pre-transplant phase of treatment. Specifically, Volkenant is researching the behaviors that children do to cope and the things they see their parents doing to help them cope.