Darren Malinoski, MD is an Assistant Chief of Surgery for Research and Education as well as the Chief of the Surgical Critical Care Section at VA Portland Healthcare System. He is also a Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Malinoski has been actively involved in numerous clinical, administrative, and academic activities related to organ donation, donor management, and recipient critical care for the past ten years and considers these aspects of his career to be among the most rewarding.
A focal point for Dr. Malinoski’s research involves the incorporation of Donor Management Goals (DMGs) at the deceased donor’s bedside. DMGs serve as critical care endpoints to help guide donor management. They also create a standardized framework for interventional research protocols. Dr. Malinoski is the physician leader of the UNOS DMG workgroup, which launched the nation’s first web-based Registry that contains donor management and recipient outcome elements in a single location; accessible for performance improvement projects and research purposes. Dr. Malinoski served as the Co-PI of the multi-OPO Mild Hypothermia Randomized Controlled Trial, which utilized the DMG Web Portal as the foundation of its data and safety monitoring plan. The initial results of the study were published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2015.
In 2016, Dr. Malinoski received grant funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to launch the Donor Management Research Initiative (DMRI) to facilitate the establishment of evidence-based standards of care for deceased organ donor management in order to increase the quality and quantity of transplantable organs. The DMRI will oversee the National expansion of the DMG Registry as well as the conduct of a follow-up deceased organ donor interventional RCT comparing mild hypothermia to machine perfusion.
Dr. Malinoski has over 70 peer-reviewed publications and is a member of several professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Western Surgical Association, the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American Society of Transplantation. He has served on the Advisory Boards, Executive Committees, and Leadership Councils of numerous Organ Donation and Transplant Organizations.