Nevada Donor Network is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Zahra Kashi as its associate laboratory director. With over 32 years of experience in the field of clinical laboratories, biologics, and pharmaceuticals, Dr. Kashi brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the organization.

In her new role, Dr. Kashi will be responsible for supporting Dr. Phillip Ruiz, Nevada Donor Network’s Laboratory Medical Director, with managing the direction of the clinical laboratories, collaborating with physicians, nurses, and transplant personnel, and building and maintaining relationships with other laboratories and state/federal government agencies. She will also assist the Nevada Donor Network’s goals and mission by formulating and executing strategic plans to heal and save lives.

Dr. Zahra Kashi

Throughout her career, Dr. Kashi has received extensive training in a variety of areas including clinical development, quality system auditing,

GMP procedures, project management, and regulation. She is highly skilled in personnel practices, team leadership, and international management and has a proven track record of success in academic partnerships, strategic planning, and research and development in clinical chemistry, microbiology, immunology, and molecular immunohematology.

Dr. Kashi is a board member for American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) for High Complexity Lab (HCLD), a Certified Histocompatibility Specialist (CHS), a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), and a National Certification Agency (NCA) certified professional. She has been recognized for her

outstanding contributions to the field, receiving numerous awards including the Tiffany award in 1997 in the Employee Excellence/Management category, the American Society of Hematologists Scholarship in

1997, the Research Award, and the William W. Stout Scholarship in 1988 for Academic Excellence.

Dr. Kashi earned her bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) from Oregon Health & Sciences University and went on to pursue her graduate studies at Portland State University, where she earned a Master of Science in Immunology and a Doctorate in Molecular Immunohematology. She also completed the University of Michigan’s Michigan Ross Executive MBA Program and was named histocompatibility laboratory director of the American Red Cross upon graduation. Dr. Kashi’s passion for improving patient care led her to establish Kashi Clinical Laboratories to assist in cellular treatment breakthroughs.

About Nevada Donor Network

Nevada Donor Network is a federally designated 501©(3) not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) committed to maximizing the gift of life and health through organ and tissue donation. Established in 1987, Nevada Donor Network is one of only 58 OPOs in the

U.S. serving more than three million people in the state of Nevada and 110,000 potential transplant recipients across the country. They work collaboratively with hospital staff and community partners to promote research and provide a strong support network to courageous donor families who’ve turned loss into hope. At Nevada Donor Network, they encourage Nevadans to help individuals in need of life-saving transplants through education, research and action. Nevada Donor Network is a member of Donate Life Nevada, an affiliate of Donate Life America, whose state-wide efforts encourage Nevadans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. For more information, please visit