OPC Preservationist TAR

Rochester, NY



The Organ Procurement Preservationist of Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network responds to potential organ donor referrals at area hospitals, evaluates potential organ donors, assists with the recovery of organs for transplant in the Operating Room and is responsible for labeling and packaging organs according to OPTN policy. Other responsibilities include taking initial referral information and taking organ offers from other OPO’s for patients listed on the local transplant lists. They may also be required to travel on small aircraft with surgical teams to assist with the coordination and recovery of organs for local patients. This position is on call 15 days per month, including 2 on call weekends.


  • Prepares the Operating Room staff for the recovery procedure, facilitates the arrival of the visiting surgeons and obtains temporary privileges, supplies and equipment needed for surgery. Monitors surgical recovery in the operating room.

  • Coordinates and communicates with transplant surgeons on all imported organs and arranges transportation for incoming organs. Participates in the recovery of local imported accepted organs as needed, including flying out with the transplant team and coordinating and working with surgeons and other OPO’s when preservation machines are utilized.

  • Answers calls to screen and respond to organ donor referrals. Travels to donor hospitals to assess and evaluate potential organ donors. Determines medical suitability for organ and/or tissue donation through laboratory studies, medical record review and physical assessment.

  • Attends clinical meetings and joint staff meetings as scheduled. Completes special projects and general administration.

  • Completes authorization forms, obtains a Donor Risk Assessment Interview (DRAI) once willingness to donate is identified and sends off bloods for testing.

  • Coordinates and communicates with all ancillary services related to recovery activity, such as medical examiner/coroners and/or pathologists as appropriate.

  • Completes all FLDRN paperwork and all information in iTransplant associated with local donor referrals, organ donors, organ import offers and imported organs accurately and in a timely manner. Resolves documentation issues as identified by quality assurance deportment for post donor follow up.

Other duties as assigned


  • High school diploma or equivalent required

  • Associates degree or professional certification/license preferred

  • 1 year of experience as an Allied Healthcare Provider (RN; LPN, Paramedic, EMT, Surgical Tech and/or previous eye and tissue recovery experience) required

  • or equivalent combination of education and experience required

  • Experience in Operating Rooms preferred

  • Certified Transplant Preservationist (CTP) conducted by American Board for Transplant Certification (ATBC) after 2 years required

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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $35.00 - $45.50 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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Location: Strong Memorial Hospital
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