Director, Tissue Recovery
Rick Kolovich is an Army Veteran with over thirty years experience in organ, eye, and tissue donation. He was the former Director of the Army/Navy Transplant Program, Supervisor of Organ Recovery at the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium, Clinical Director at Oklahoma's Organ Sharing Network, National Director of Donor Services at Regeneration Technologies, Inc. and Bacterin, Intl.
Rick has served on the board of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and various project steering committees with the National Association of Medical Examiner's Donation Committee (NAME), North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO) and the American Organ Procurement Organization's Tissue Committee (AOPO). Rick has served as the AATB Programs Committee Chairman, 2009-2013, Recovery and Donor Suitability Chairman (RADS), 2012-2015, the AATB Board of Governors 2012-2015, AATB Physical Assessment Revision Standards representative, 14th Ed., 2016-2017, AATB Accreditation Committee, 2016-2017 and the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Biologics Medical Board of Trustees - Recovery Tissue Procedures and Protocols Committee, 2017-2018.
Originally hired at The LLF in May 2010 as an organ recovery coordinator, Rick became the Clinical Manager of Donor Services in 2011. He now serves as the Director of the Tissue Recovery Department.
Rick holds a bachelor's degree in Nursing from Kent State University and is a Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator, Clinical Transplant Coordinator, and Tissue Banking Specialist. Rick has lectured internationally on strategies to work collaboratively with Medical Examiners to increase tissue donation, and improving competency with physical assessments to reduce rejections after authorization.