FACULTY FOCUS: Elizabeth Spencer, BS, MPH

Elizabeth began her association with Gift of Life Institute in 2010. Learn about her professional background, inspiration for staying in the field, and advice to new OPO staff.

Title: Senior Faculty, Gift of Life Institute

Years in Healthcare Field: 15+; has been working in the OPO community since 2002.

Professional Background:  Elizabeth was with Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) for nine years, serving as both Director of Hospital Services & Professional Education, and in the clinical division as a Senior Clinical Recovery Coordinator. As Director of Hospital Services & Professional Education, Elizabeth was responsible for oversight of partnerships with area hospitals regarding the implementation of donation best practices, donation educational programs for various hospital staff, hospital data analysis and reporting, hospital donation strategic planning, and hospital policies related to organ and tissue donation.

Elizabeth began her association with Gift of Life Institute in 2010. During her tenure, Elizabeth has served as both faculty and advisor for Virtual Classroom Training (VCT) courses and the WebEncounter online application

Inspiration for Staying in Field: Witnessing people do something incredible, selfless, and transformative so that others can be spared pain:  that’s at the core of this field of work and is unceasingly inspiring.  There are so many working parts in the work of OPOs, with so much at stake.  Excellence in donation roles equates, ultimately, to the number of lives saved.  Any way that I can positively contribute to all of the tremendous work being done to improve lives through organ and tissue donation is an honor.

Advice to New OPO Staff: Know that what you do – whatever your role at your OPO – truly matters.  You are part of helping people bring life to others!  Seek and embrace guidance from seasoned colleagues as you strive to maximize both your job satisfaction and performance.

Tell Us Something We Don’t Know About You: I have traveled to 16 foreign countries, including Italy, Argentina, Spain, and Switzerland.

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