Alexander Aussi possesses over 33 years of experience in healthcare, 30 years in organ transplantation. Alexander has extensive experience in transplant administration, new transplant and VAD program setup, marketing, managed care relations, contract management and multiorgan transplant Medicare Acquisition cost centers. Alexander completed his BSN in 1990 from the Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut. He finalized his nursing board certification from the University of the State of New York, Albany in 1994, and continued his MBA at Oklahoma City University from which he 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) where he participated in the founding of the liver transplant program with Drs. David H. Vanthiel, Tarek Hassanein, Harlan Wright, Ahmet Gurakar, Hadar Merhav, Luis Mieles and Bakr Nour. 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 certification, growth and development as a regional South Texas transplant referral center.
Alexander joined the University of California San Diego (“UCSD”) Medical Center in the capacity of Service Line Administrator for organ transplantation (all organs), long term mechanical heart assist devices, and clinical Hepatology (2006-2014) and assisted in ensuring that the UCSD transplant programs met all goals for certification, quality, compliance and service. He was instrumental in the development of the UCSD programs as national and international transplant referral centers.
Alexander worked on several UNOS committees and workgroups and led peer efforts to create the transplant provider satisfaction survey through Press Ganey in 2010. He also served on the AST-Transplant Administrators Community of Practice (AST- COP) since its inception in 2010 and was elected by peers as Chair of the COP (2013 - 2015). He maintains constant contact with transplant administrators and other colleagues asking for assistance and support.
Alexander frequently presents on relevant transplant topics at 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.
At the 2014 UNOS Management Forum, Alexander received the prestigious Heckenkemper Leader in Transplant Administration Award, presented annually to an individual for distinguished leadership in transplant administration.
Alexander worked with Guidry & East for several years as a contract employee before joining the firm as Chief Operating Officer/Principal/Owner in 2014 and then as Chief Executive Officer in 2018. He oversees the clinical/operations and transplant finance consulting functions of Guidry & East.