UW Organ and Tissue Donation (UW OTD) Names New Executive Director

UW OTD executive director Mike AndersonMadison, Wisconsin - Michael Anderson has been named the new executive director of University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation Services (UW OTD), effective September 9.


Anderson joined the UW OTD in 2000 as a surgical recovery specialist and was promoted to manager of surgical recovery services in 2008, a role he has held since that time.


In 2012, he served as interim clinical manager for the OTD, making him responsible for all clinical and surgical aspects of the organization for the majority of the year.


Anderson earned his physician assistant degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.


"Throughout his years of service Mike has contributed to our success in many ways, and his compassionate end-of-life care for our donors and their families has touched thousands of people," said Jill Ellefson, director of the Organ Donation and Transplant Services at UW Hospital and Clinics. "Both as a direct care provider and in a leadership role, Mike bases decisions and designs systems around the needs of patients and families. He has built strong relationships in the region, and views referring hospitals as an extension of our team. We look forward to advancing this life-saving work with him."


Established in 1966, the UW OTD has long been recognized as one of the most effective organ procurement programs in the nation. The OTD's main mission is threefold:

  • To support the families of those who gave the gift of life
  • To build strong relationships between UW OTD and staff at referring hospitals
  • To take a leading role in educating the public about the importance of organ donation

The UW OTD is affiliated with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), and is federally designated to provide service to 103 hospitals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.


Anderson succeeds Jill Ellefson, who served as executive director of the UW OTD since 2005.

Date Published: 09/11/2013

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