Caley Appointed to Health and Human Services Committee

Associate Clinical Professor Sylvia Caley (J.D. ’89) has been appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation in the Health Resources and Services Administration for a four-year term.

Caley, director of the Health Law Partnership and co-director of the Health Law Partnership Legal Services Clinic (HeLP), will be one of up to 25 members on the committee, which advises Secretary Sylvia Burwell on proposed policies on organ transplants and procurement network. This includes all aspects of organ donation, procurement, allocation and transplantation.

“This appointment allows me to use all of my skills,” Caley says. “Not only do I have the transplant and organ donation perspective, I have experience around health disparities and trying to improve health outcomes.”

Caley’s resume boasts extensive experience in health care, health law and policy and poverty law. A registered nurse, Caley has worked as a member of a kidney transplant surgical team and managed an organ procurement organization. She serves as a member of the Grady Health System Ethics Committee and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Bioethics and Public Affairs Committees and has participated in the development of hospital policy at both institutions concerning non-heart beating organ donation.

In the late 1970s, Caley worked to have legislation passed in Georgia that authorized adding the organ donor card to the back of the driver’s license. She also served as part of the procurement coordinator effort to develop and pass the National Organ Transplant Act. For two decades, she has been very involved in developing and supporting health policy issues in Georgia.

“Organ donation is the gift of life,” Caley says. “There are fewer donors than actual people in need.”