Dr. 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 the Portland VA Medical Center. He is also an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Malinoski received his medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University and a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. He began his career as a trauma surgeon at the University of California, Irvine, and also served as the Director of Surgical Critical Care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center prior to returning to Oregon.
Dr. Malinoski has been actively involved numerous clinical, administrative, and academic activities related to organ donation, donor management, and recipient critical care for the past nine years and considers these aspects of his career to be among the most rewarding. One of his main areas of research involves the incorporation of Donor Management Goals (DMGs) at the bedside of the donor. These DMGs serve as a checklist of critical care endpoints that help guide donor management. They also create a framework of standardization upon which interventional studies can be based. Dr. Malinoski is the physician leader of the UNOS DMG workgroup, which, in 2012, launched the nation’s first web-based data entry portal that contains both donor management and recipient outcome elements in a single location that can be accessed for both performance improvement projects as well as research studies.
Dr. Malinoski has served the donation and transplantation community on local, regional, and national levels. He has been a member of the Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank (local Organ Procurement Organization in Portland, Oregon) Board of Advisors since 2012, participating in local and regional educational and improvement projects. He became a member of the HRSA Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative National Faculty in 2009, was a Co-chair of the National Learning Congress in both 2009 and 2010, and has helped plan two National Intensivist Summits on Donor Management. He joined the American Society of Transplantation Thoracic and Critical Care Community of Practice in 2010, has led its Intensivist Workforce since 2011, and was elected to its Executive Committee in 2012. Dr. Malinoski is also a member of the HRSA Donor Management Task Force, serving as Co-chair of the Donation Service Area Best Practices Workgroup. Most recently, he was asked to serve on HRSA’s Strategic Planning Initiative for the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice as well as its Donor Intervention Expert Research Panel.
Dr. Malinoski has over 60 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.