Director of Medical Affairs Report - IHQ Changes


To better fulfill The Transplantation Society’s (TTS) mission and serve its membership, which now numbers over 5,000 in 88 countries, we have reorganized and increased our staff in the International Headquarters (IHQ) in Montreal. With the growing volume and diversity of work at the IHQ, the workload of the Director of Society Operations, Filomena Picciano, had become overwhelming. Therefore, the TTS Executives decided to divide her responsibilities into two parts and recruit another senior member for the team.

Jean-Pierre Mongeau has joined TTS as Director of Headquarter Services (DHS; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Having a background in management consulting, the key strengths that Jean-Pierre brings to this newly created role are a broad understanding of current management practices and processes, and the ability to manage teams to deliver multiple projects simultaneously in a timely fashion. Jean-Pierre will be responsible for issues such as Membership, Council support, Global Alliance in Transplantation, Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group, Finances, Communication (Journal, Newsletter, TTS Website), IHQ IT, and Education.

As Director of Professional Services (DPS; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Filomena Picciano will oversee the Professional Congress Organizers (PCO), enabling her to focus on issues concerning TTS and Sections Congresses and Meetings: Conferences, Meeting Finances, Corporate Sponsors, Continuing Medical Education (CME) compliance, Women in Transplantation and Sections’ Websites.

Other changes in the IHQ include the transferring of responsibility for membership issues from Frank Lindo Verissimo to Alexandra Murphy. Frank will now focus on exhibits for the meetings, working more closely with Filomena and Catherin Parker. Lastly, Sherri Williams has joined the IHQ staff as receptionist and administrative assistant.

This new structure will ensure that we maintain the best possible service to our membership on a daily basis in the IHQ while enhancing our PCO role to plan, organize and run congresses and meetings of the highest caliber, consistent with TTS’ mission.