Our mission is raising awareness of the critical need for organ transplant donors through public education and advocating for donors and their families.

Since 1968 The Living Bank has been helping people give the gift of life.

The Living Bank served as the nation’s first organ donor registry in 1968 and the first provider of donor and transplant education in the nation.

That same year Dr. Norman Shumway performed the first adult heart transplant in the United States on January 6th at the Stanford University Hospital. Physicians around the world were beginning to understand that transplantation of human organs was a life-saving medical procedure for many types of organ failure.

Five Houston women, realizing no formal way to donate organs existed, saw a need for a donor registry that would allow medical professionals to match organs with waiting recipients.

Today our focus is living organ donation, due to the dramatic rise of individuals on the national transplant waiting list. There are over 122,000 individuals in the United States waiting for a life-saving organ, of those 82% are waiting for a kidney and 12% are waiting for a liver. That means, potentially 94% of those waiting can be saved now through living organ donation!



  • David M. Gregory, J.D., Chair

    David M. Gregory, JD, Chair

    Attorney, Partner, Locke Lord LLP

  • Mark J. Biscone, Ph.D., Vice Chair

    Mark J. Biscone, PhD, Vice Chair

    Regional Executive, Texas Hospital Association, HealthSHARE

  • Kristine Mineman, Treasurer

    Kristine Mineman, Treasurer

    Senior Manager, Deloitte Tax LLP

  • Salil V. Deshpande, M.D., MBA

    Salil V. Deshpande, MD, MBA

    Chief Medical Officer, United Healthcare Community Plan of Texas

  • Michael C. Braun, M.D., F.A.S.N.

    Michael C. Braun, MD, FASN

    Head Pediatric Renal Section & Chief, Renal Section, Texas Children's Hospital

  • A. Osama Gaber, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.

    A. Osama Gaber, MD, FACS, FRCS

    Director of J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center, The Methodist Hospital

  • Jim Rosenfeld

    Jim Rosenfeld

    Broker Associate, Martha Turner Properties

  • Carolyne Bradley Oliver

    Carolyne Bradley Oliver

    Texas Souther University *retired, Executive Director of Development

  • J. Steve Bynon Jr., M.D., FACS

    J. Steve Bynon Jr., MD, FACS

    Professor of Surgery; Chief, Abdominal Transplantation Memorial Hermann

  • J. Steve Bynon Jr., M.D., FACS

    Judith Craven, MD, MPH

    United Way Texas Gulf Coast * Retired President

  • Josh Tabin

    Lecturer, University of Houston - Advisory Board, Lasco Enterprises