Leadership Advisory Forum

The LAF provides a representation-based forum for the varied geographic, generational, gender, and specialty-based constituencies of ISHLT to discuss issues of interest and concern to their constituencies and the Society.

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Christian Benden, MD, MBA, FCCP (2024)

Chair
University of Zürich
Zurich, Switzerland
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Edward Cantu, MD, MSCE (2026)

Member/ Education Oversight Committee Chair
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA USA
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Michael Shullo, PharmD (2026)

Member/ Publications Oversight Committee Chair
West Virginia University Hospitals
Morgantown, WV USA
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Ulrich Jorde, MD (2025)

Member/ Research Oversight Committee Chair
Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY USA
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Richard Cheng, MD, MSc (2025)

Member/ Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation IDN Steering Committee Chair
University of Washington Medical Center

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Fay Burrows, BPharm (2025)

Member/ Advanced Lung Failure and Transplantation IDN Steering Committee Chair
St Vincent's Hospital
Darlinghurst, Australia
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Dave Nagpal, MD, FRCSC (2025)

Member/ Mechanical Circulatory Support IDN Steering Committee Chair
London Health Sciences Centre
London, Canada
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Marc Simon, MD, MS (2025)

Member/ Pulmonary Vascular Disease (PAH & CTEPH) IDN Steering Committee Chair
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA USA
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Andrew Morley-Smith, MRCP, PhD (2025)

Member/ Early Career & Trainees Committee Chair
Harefield Hospital
Harefield, United Kingdom
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Tereza Martinu, MD, MHS (2026)

Member/ Grants & Awards Committee Chair
Toronto General Hospital/UHN
Toronto, Canada
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Sern Lim, MD (2026)

Member/ Standards & Guidelines Committee Chair
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Archer Martin, MD (2025)

At Large Member (Anesthesiology and Critical Care Professional Community)
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL USA
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Ryan Tedford, MD (2025)

At Large Member (Cardiology Professional Community)
Medical University of South Carolina
Mt Pleasant, SC USA
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Scott Silvestry, MD (2025)

At Large Member (Cardiothoracic Surgery Professional Community)
AdventHealth Transplant Institute
Orlando, FL USA
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Cumara Sivathasan, MBBS, FRCS (2025)

At Large Member (Cardiothoracic Surgery Professional Community)
National Heart Center, Singapore
Singapore, Singapore
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Fernanda Silveira, MD, MS (2025)

At Large Member (Infectious Diseases Professional Community)
University of Pittsburgh and UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA USA
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Christiane Kugler, PhD (2025)

At Large Member (Nursing and Allied Health Professional Community)
Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg
Reute, Germany
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Sarah Schettle, PA-C, MS, MBA (2025)

At Large Member (Nursing and Allied Health Professional Community)
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN USA
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Annalisa Angelini, MD (2025)

At Large Member (Pathology Professional Community)
University of Padua
Padova, Italy
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Estela Azeka, MD (2025)

At Large Member (Pediatrics Professional Community)
University of Sao Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
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Patricia Ging, MSc (2025)

At Large Member (Pharmacy Professional Community)
Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
Dublin, Ireland
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Joshua Diamond, MD (2025)

At Large Member (Pulmonology Professional Community)
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA USA
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Erik Verschuuren, MD, PhD (2025)

At Large Member (Pulmonology Professional Community)
University Medical Centre Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands
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Adriana Zeevi, PhD (2025)

At Large Member (Research and Immunology Professional Community)
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA
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Greg Schultz,

ISHLT Chief Executive Officer
ISHLT

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Aaron Adair,

ISHLT Staff Liaison
ISHLT

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Juliet Osazemwinde,

ISHLT Staff Liaison
ISHLT

The ISHLT Leadership Advisory Forum (LAF) serves to provide a representation-based forum for the varied geographic, generational, gender, and specialty-based constituencies of ISHLT to discuss issues of interest and concern to their constituencies and the Society and share their perspectives with each other and the Board.

Policies

Forum Composition
Forum Composition

The ISHLT Leadership Advisory Forum (LAF) shall consist of the following:

  • The Immediate Past President, who shall serve as Co-Chair
  • The CEO, who shall serve as Co-Chair
  • The Chairs of each of the Interdisciplinary Network Steering Committees
  • The Chairs of each of the Oversight Committees
  • The Chair of the Early Career and Trainee Committee
  • Up to 15 At-Large members selected by the Interdisciplinary Network Steering Committees, subject to Board approval, to ensure representation from all of the various demographic constituencies of the Society

At-Large members may not serve simultaneously on an Interdisciplinary Network Steering Committee unless no other candidates are available and willing to serve on the LAF.

At-Large members may not simultaneously serve on the ISHLT Board of Directors, nor in a Board position for any other professional societies with overlapping membership and interest areas with ISHLT.

At-Large terms are for one year, renewable up to 3 consecutive terms, after which a one year break is required.

Forum Member Responsibilities
Forum Member Responsibilities 
  • Provides input, feedback, and advice to the Board, proactively, regarding issues including:
    • Strategic planning
    • Environmental scanning
    • Policy
    • Mega issues
    • Programs and services
  • Identify strategic opportunities to foster international and/or interdisciplinary exchanges of scientific information and collaboration with other organizations and submit to the Board for consideration
  • Discusses ongoing environmental scanning as a key topic during an annual meeting of the LAF and reports the results to the Board.- Identifies opportunities to foster international exchanges of scientific information and collaboration for submission to the Board for consideration
  • Serves as a focus group for the Board.
  • Collaborates with the Interdisciplinary Networks and Professional Communities as needed, to gather information and feedback relevant to issues under consideration/ deliberation
  • Identifies issues/interests/perspectives to bring to the attention of the Board of Directors for consideration
Key Interactions/Communications
Key Interactions/Communications
  • ISHLT members
  • ISHLT staff
  • Interdisciplinary Network Steering Committees
  • Board of Directors
Forum Member Time Commitment
Forum Member Time Commitment
  • At least two virtual meetings per year
  • One face to face LAF meeting in January
  • Regular communications throughout the year with Society members
  • Regular consultation to the Board throughout the year as issues arise
  • Individual assignments/tasks throughout the year