Ethical Considerations in Organ Transplants: A Conversation
Join us for a facilitated conversation that will discuss how transplant decisions are identified and made, and how these decisions are shared with patients, families, and communities, ensuring organ donation is done in the most ethical way possible.
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According to Health Resources & Human Services (HRSA), there are approximately 106,000 people in the United States awaiting an organ donation. Of these 106,000, 17 die each day. The most common transplants are kidney, liver, heart, and lung- organs one can’t live without. Many hospitals have multiple patients waiting on a donation of the same organ, and the hospital decides who is to receive an organ when it becomes available. How is this decision made? Join us for a facilitated conversation that will discuss how transplant decisions are identified and made, and how these decisions are shared with patients, families, and communities, ensuring organ donation is done in the most ethical way possible.
Jeffrey Kahn, PhD is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, and the Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy. He is also Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research interests include the ethics of research, ethics and public health, and ethics and emerging biomedical technologies. He speaks widely both in the U.S. and abroad, and has published four books and over 125 articles, and is currently co-PI for the Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence in Ethics and Policy Research on Genomics and Infectious Disease (NIH-NHGRI). He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and Fellow of the Hastings Center, and has chaired or served on committees and panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Medicine, where he is currently chair of the Board on Health Sciences Policy. His education includes a BA in microbiology (UCLA, 1983), MPH (Johns Hopkins, 1988), and PhD in philosophy (Georgetown, 1989).
Olivia Saturno Kates, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Infectious Diseases division of the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine. In spring 2021, Dr. Kates completed her infectious disease training at the University of Washington in Seattle where she also earned a master’s degree in bioethics with a thesis focused on vaccine mandates in transplantation. She received her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Aviva Goldberg is Section Head of Nephrology in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, the Associate Dean for UGME Student Affairs and co directs the UGME Professionalism Program at the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She completed a clinical fellowship in Bioethics and Medical Humanities and Northwestern University and a Masters of Arts in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University Chicago.
Dr. Goldberg is the Secretary of the Canadian Society of Transplantation and Vice Chair of the AFMC Student Affairs Section. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on ethics, health policy and medical humanities subjects in transplantation, ethics and pediatrics. She co-edited the book Ethical Issues in Pediatric Organ Transplantation, the first book solely on pediatric transplant ethics. She is a recipient of the Canadian Association of Medical Education’s 2018 Certificate of Merit and multiple other teaching awards.