Joe Ferreira

Joe Ferreira began his role as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Nevada Donor Network in April 2012.

Joe brings years of experience and expertise in the Organ Procurement field.  He spent 14 years at Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency in Miami, Florida where he served as the Director of Clinical Operations for seven years.

Joe is a graduate of the University of Miami, with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology.  He also received his MBA, with a specialization in HealthCare Administration and Policy, from the University of Miami.  He serves as a coach for the Art and Science of Leadership Program at the Wharton School and Fox School of Business. Joe is certified in all aspects of the organ donation and recovery process.

Joe is a member of the International Society for Organ Donation & Procurement (ISODP).  He is currently serving as the President of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), as well as served as a Member-at-Large on the (AOPO) Executive Committee.  He is a Certified Member of the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), and a past Board Member of the Nevada Chapter of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE). He has served as the Chairman of the Procurement Council for the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO). Joe has also served as an At-Large Representative on four committees of the OPTN/UNOS and currently serves as a Board member of the OPTN/UNOS.

Joe is a published author and presenter on organ donation. He has presented at conferences and meetings around the nation and world. He consults internationally and has provided guidance to several foreign governments on the establishment or improvement of organ donation and transplantation systems based on the US model. He was also the recipient of the Kruger Award for Outstanding Professional Transplant Services by the Transplant Foundation in Miami.


Uncomfortable Inclusion: How To Build A Culture Of High Performance In Life And Work

Publication Date: March 30, 2021

How do you turn a toxic organization into a world leader in company culture and success? Uncomfortable Inclusion answers this and much more. Starting as a spoiled teen with an attitude problem to a healthcare industry superstar with an MBA, Joe Ferreira’s experiences with success and failures served as the perfect preparation for his most challenging role: becoming the CEO of an organization the same week it was threatened with imminent dissolution by an entity no less formidable than the United States government. This engaging memoir and executive management tale offers insight and templates for corporate leaders, with specific and easily adaptable examples of how Joe turned the worst-performing company in his industry to the best in the world.

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