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School of Nursing’s Rising Star Rises Higher: Alumnus Appointed Assistant VP of National Transplant Services for HCA

Posted: Dec. 17, 2014

Dean Alexa Stuifbergen and James Pittman

James Pittman, RN, MSN, started his career as an intensive care unit nurse in the Texas Medical Center. It was in this setting James developed an interest in and skill set to care for patients undergoing solid organ transplantation. He went on to lead a team of transplant coordinators at one of the largest multi-organ transplant programs in the country as clinical operations manager. In November 2007, James joined St. David’s North Austin Medical Center (SDNAMC) as director of the kidney transplant center. He was also responsible for outpatient wound care, hyperbarics and infusion therapy.

In June of 2013, James transitioned to his current role as assistant chief nursing officer at SDNAMC, providing executive oversight for the emergency department (ED) service line, which includes an urgent care center and free standing ED. As a developing leader in the St. David’s HealthCare market, he has gained substantive experience over the past six years related to patient satisfaction and quality outcomes. During his tenure as the transplant director, Gallup survey patient satisfaction scores were consistently in the 95th percentile.

James continued to serve the transplant community in a leadership role as vice-chairman for the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Transplant Administrators Committee. Additionally, he is involved in national policy development for transplantation as an at-large member of the UNOS/OPTN Policy and Oversight committee.

In 2013, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing honored James with a Rising Star Alumni Award. He was recently appointed assistant vice president, Transplant Services, at HCA HealthCare in Nashville, Tennessee.

“I congratulate James on his new position at the national level with HCA HealthCare, although I'm not at all surprised,” said Dr. Alexa Stuifbergen, dean of the UT Austin School of Nursing. “He was an exemplary student here at the School of Nursing and is most deserving of this exciting new opportunity.”