Patricia Niles Receives President's Award from Association of Organ Procurement Organizations


From Left to Right: Elling Eidbo, chief executive officer of AOPO; Patricia Niles, president and chief executive officer of Southwest Transplant Alliance; Jay Campbell, J.D., AOPO president 2015-2016 and national regulatory liaison for Lifesharing.

VIENNA, Va. — July 22, 2016 —

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) recognized Patricia Niles by presenting her with the Association’s President’s Award. The award was presented at the Association’s 33rd Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas by the 2015-2016 AOPO President Jay Campbell, J.D.

The President’s Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to both their organ procurement organization (OPO) and the organ procurement community as a whole through servant leadership. “We are leaders; we are capable, we are bright, but we are always in service,” said Jay Campbell, J.D. “Through her drive and spirit Niles shows her uncompromising love for helping others and saving lives, which has allowed her to embolden, empower and inspire her team to turn Southwest Transplant Alliance around with long-term, data-driven, best-practice programs.”

Niles has served on several AOPO Councils and Committees and has served as chairperson of the AOPO Ethics Committee and Procurement Council. She continues to remain active in the national Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice. Niles is currently president and chief executive officer of the Dallas-based OPO Southwest Transplant Alliance, president of Donate Life Texas, and a member of the UNOS OPO Committee.

About AOPO

The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) is a non-profit, national organization representing all federally-designated organ procurement organizations (OPOs). The Association represents and serves OPOs through advocacy, support and the development of activities that will maximize the availability of organs and tissues for transplantation and enhance the quality, effectiveness and integrity of the donation process. Visit for more information.

Melissa Margulies
About OPOs

Organ procurement organizations (OPOs) are federally-designated non-profit organizations that are responsible for coordinating organ and tissue donation cross the United States, bridging the gap between the generous donation of organs and tissue and the thousands in need of these life-saving gifts.