Principal's Curriculum Vitae
Meet our highly professional and dedicated principal who will do everything possible to ensure that all your transplant needs are met.
ALEXANDER AUSSI, BSN, RN, MBA
PRINCIPAL, TOTAL TRANSPLANT ADVANTAGE, LLC
Alexander Aussi possesses over 24 years of experience in healthcare, 21 of which in organ transplantation. Alexander has extensive experience in transplant administration, new transplant and VAD program setup, marketing, managed care relations, contract management and multi-organ transplant Medicare Acquisition cost centers.
Alexander completed his BSN in 1990 from the Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He finalized his nursing board certification from the University of the State of New York, Albany in 1994, continued his MBA at Oklahoma City University (OCU) and graduated with high honors in December 1995.
Alexander formerly served as Coordinator of Operations at the Oklahoma Transplant Institute at INTEGRIS, Oklahoma City, OK (1994-1999). He was one of the founding Directors of the CHRISTUS Transplant Institute at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Healthcare in San Antonio, TX (1999-2006) and played an instrumental role in the program’s growth and development.
Alexander joined the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center in the capacity of Service Line Administrator for organ transplantation in (2006-2014) and assisted in ensuring that the UCSD transplant programs met all goals for quality, compliance and service.
Alexander made access to transplantation his mission in life. While in San Antonio, Alexander initiated the only organ transplant program for the CHRISTUS system (26,000 employees). He developed all policies and procedures involved in the operation of a community based comprehensive transplant program, affiliated with a University system. Alexander had director oversight over 22 FTEs and 4 acquisition cost centers. He received the San Antonio Business Journal shooting star “40 under 40” award in 2005 for his work in South Texas setting the infrastructure for a wide network of transplant outreach clinics serving thousands of patients for kidney, pancreas, heart, heart/ lung transplantation and Mechanical Assist Devices support within a 300 plus mile radius from San Antonio.
Like in Oklahoma and Texas, Alexander continued his mission in Southern California as a builder of quality clinical programs to support patient access to transplantation.
Alexander played a key role in the development of the UC San Diego - Center for Transplantation led by Drs. Stuart Jamieson (Thoracic) and Al Hemming (Abdominal) co-directors of the program. Alexander further led efforts to restart and certify heart transplantation and set the foundation for a thriving mechanical assist and destination therapy program with Dr. Jack Copeland and the thoughtful clinical leadership of Dr. Stuart Jamieson, executive director of thoracic surgery & transplantation.
Alexander directed the acquisition and deployment of Heartmate II and Syncardia Total Artificial Heart technologies (10/2010), lead efforts to successfully certify the Medical Center by The Joint Commission (TJC) as Destination Therapy provider (11/2011) and by CMS (Medicare) as a comprehensive organ transplant program (08/2012) providing kidney, liver, pancreas, lung and heart transplantation.
Alexander serves on the AST- Transplant Administrators Community of Practice since its inception in 2010 and was elected by peers to serve as Chair in 2013 for a two-year term.
Alexander presented on relevant transplant topics at many UNOS Management Forums and ATC meetings. He has published many abstracts which he authored with transplant colleagues and through his work as independent consultant to CMS and many transplant programs in the U.S. and abroad.