Surgical Organ Recovery Specialist - SORS
Job Details
Bellevue - Bellevue, WA
Full Time
Graduate Degree

LifeCenter Northwest (LCNW) an Organ Procurement Organization headquartered in Bellevue; Washington has a rare opportunity for a full-time Surgical Organ Recovery Specialist (SORS). The SORS will join our expert team of three surgical organ recovery specialists who have decades of experience in organ recovery.  Our team is committed to outstanding surgical outcomes and we are interested in supporting the professional development of the right candidate.  An ideal candidate is one who has surgical training in the field of transplantation or surgical recovery process, is driven to work collaboratively with our transplant centers to optimize donation outcomes, is a team player, is committed to the Pacific Northwest, and embraces continuous improvement.  The SORS is primarily accountable for the surgical recovery process: surgical dissection, removal, and preparation of selected donor organs for transplantation in the operative setting.


Recovery and Distribution of Organs and Tissues

  • Assumes primary responsibility for supervision in the donor operative room consistent with Clinical Advisory Committee and Vice President, Clinical Operations approvals.
  • Leads and participates in brain dead and donation after circulatory death organ recovery surgery in compliance with local and national standards for organ transplantation.
  • Provides advice and counsel to LCNW staff when addressing potential adverse events/reactions/outcome reports, surgical errors, potential disease transmissions, or complaints that are medical in nature, have potential medical consequences, or that may affect the safety of recovered organs
  • Mediates disputes between recovery and/or transplant surgeons and programs, including real-time consultations.
  • Assists and advise in the allocation of organs with transplant programs.
  • Provides direction on organ perfusion and preservation of organs for transplant.
  • Ensures timely, complete, and accurate documentation for all appropriate surgical donation-related materials, i.e., donor chart.


  • Collaborates internally and externally with others to develop and promote practices that increase the number or organs recovered for transplantation and for research.
  • Ensures a respectful and collaborative professional working relationship with all colleagues, ensuring a team approach for the success of LCNW.
  • Participates in the Clinical Advisory Committee meetings and associated subcommittee meetings as available.
  • In conjunction with LCNW staff, review data regarding organ utilization with designated transplant centers; recommend changes in practice when necessary to increase utilization and ensure protocols are consistent with the current standards of practice.
  • Pursues professional development activities that provide continued growth, expertise, and maintenance of professional skills.



This position is full-time. Candidate must be able to provide 24/7 on-call coverage for up to 34 weeks per year, including weekends, nights, and holidays.  This would include primary and secondary call coverage.


Travel is essential to this position; consequently, the employee must be prepared to travel by automobile and charter and commercial aircraft within and outside the LCNW’s designated service area which includes Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho, and Washington.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science in medicine, biology, or related life science from a four-year college or university
  • 5 years of experience in tissue banking or organ procurement coordination
  • Advanced documented training or experience in surgical training is required. 


Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster, or applicable medical or religious exemption will be required as a condition of employment upon offer. 

LifeCenter Northwest is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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