Boards & Committees - Standards and Guidelines

Standards and Guidelines Committee


As part of our mission, ISHLT engages in the regular development of guidelines, consensus documents, standards statements, and policy statements regarding end-stage heart disease, end-stage lung disease, heart transplantation, and lung transplantation. A complete list of these documents that ISHLT has published, co-authored, and/or endorsed is listed below, organized by date of publication. Free access to the full text of most of the below documents is available by clicking on the titles.

ISHLT Standards and Guidelines Development Protocol (PDF)  This is the document which all ISHLT-developed standards and guidelines are required to follow.

ISHLT Policies Regarding the Development of Guidelines Jointly with Other Organizations (PDF)

Initial Application (Word Doc)
Follow-up Application (Word Doc)

Visit the Guidelines page to see the published ISHLT Guidelines, Standards Statements, Policy Statements, Consensus Documents since 1998.


  • The Standards and Guidelines Committee shall consist of a Vice-Chair appointed by the Board of Directors, a Chair who shall rotate into the position after serving as Vice-Chair, and the Immediate Past Chair.
  • Vice Chair and Past Chair terms are one year each.  The Chair serves a 2 year term. The leader of each Scientific Council Standards and Guidelines Workforce shall serve on the Committee.
  • The Committee Chair may appoint up to three at large committee members to each serve a two-year term for the purpose of ensuring broad geographic representation on the Committee.


  • Identify the need to update existing standards and guidelines and to develop new standards and guidelines relevant to the mission of the Society.
  • Maintain a calendar for the regular review/revision of existing standards and guidelines and for the development of new standards and guidelines.
  • Develop and revise, as needed, criteria to which all ISHLT standards and guidelines documents must adhere.
  • Develop and revise, as needed, policies regarding content of standards and guidelines documents.
  • Refer suggestions and recommendations for standards and guidelines documents and consensus conferences to the appropriate Scientific Councils for development into formal proposals.
  • Review proposals for standards and guidelines documents and consensus conferences generated by the Scientific Councils.
  • Act as liaison between the Scientific Councils, the proposed standards and guideline document authors and consensus conference organizers, the Finance Committee, the Executive Director, and the Board to facilitate presentation of well-structured proposals for the Board’s consideration, with appropriate budget proposals.
  • Act as liaison with the Journal editor to keep him/her aware of timelines, topics, and length of proposed standards and guidelines documents to facilitate appropriate and timely publication strategies.
  • Coordinate with the staff regarding external distribution/public awareness of ISHLT standards and guidelines and the publication of standards and guidelines in other-language journals.
  • Coordinate with the Education Committee Chair and Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair regarding the development of educational activities to disseminate information/training about new standards and guidelines.
  • Provide initial review of requests from other organizations to co-sponsor or endorse standards and guidelines or consensus conferences relevant to the mission of the society and make recommendations to the Board regarding such.

Maryl R. Johnson, MD (2017)
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI, USA

David O. Taylor, MD (2019)
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Cleveland, OH, USA

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

Duane Davis, MD, MBA
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina, USA

Heart Failure and Transplantation Council
David A. Baran, MD (2016)
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark, NJ, USA
Infectious Diseases Council
Valentina Stosor, MD (2018)
Northwestern University/Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL, USA
Junior Faculty and Trainee Council
Steven Kindel, MD (2017)
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Mechanical Circulatory Support Council
Jennifer Cowger, MD, MS (2018)
St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana
Indianapolis, IN, USA
Nursing, Health Sciences and Allied Health Council
Annemarie Kaan, MCN, RN (2017)
St. Paul's Hospital
Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Pathology Council
Joseph J. Maleszewski, MD (2016)
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN, USA
Pediatric Transplantation Council
Robert J. Boucek, Jr., MD (2016)
Brentwood, TN, USA
Pharmacy & Pharmacology Council
Christopher R Ensor, PharmD, BCPS-CV (2016)
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Pulmonary Hypertension Council
Teresa De Marco, MD, FACC (2017)
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California, USA
Pulmonary Transplantation Council
Peter M Hopkins, FRACP (2017)

The Prince Charles Hospital
To Be Appointed

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