The Future of Living Donor Kidney Transplants
The primary purpose of this symposium is addressing this issue of whether rewarding the donor is medically unethical.
- The cost benefit question;
- The risks and safety of donation;
- Immediate options to increase organ donation;
- The very recent development of organ sharing;
- U.S. public attitudes towards rewarding the donor;
- The experiences of a living donor;
- The limits of increasing the count of deceased donors.
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:
- Assess the limits of the position that rewarding donors is medically unethical;
- Evaluate the National Organ Transplant Act-induced failures of the altruistic system for organ procurement;
- Recall the impact of the shortage of kidneys for transplantation, including the preventable deaths as well as the social and economic loss;
- State immediately available actions to expand kidney donors;
- Outline the expansion limits of the deceased donor supply;
- Describe the U.S. population’s attitude towards rewarding organ donors;
- Identify the potential for government action to end the organ shortage;
- Compare the potential benefits and costs to patients, society, and caregivers of a government program designed to increase the donor supply by gifting to donors;
- Consider the beneficial impact of donor organ sharing.
Session 1: Ethics of Gifting or Compensation of Donors
Ethics of Compensating (“Rewarding”) Donors
Janet Radcliffe Richards
World renown philosopher/ethicist. (Oxford). Book: the ethics of transplants why careless thought
Questions, Comments, and Recap Session 1
CON: Asif Sharfuddin M.D. FASN FAST PRO: Sally Satel M.D. M.S.
Session 2: Living Donor Transplant Issues
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Compensating (“Rewarding” Kidney Donors
Frank McCormick Ph.D.
How the Government Can End the Kidney Shortage and Save More than 40,000 Kidney Failure Patients Each Year by Compensating Living Kidney Donors. Total economic value to kidney recipients is $76B/yr. Net savings to the taxpayers is $7B/yr.
Current Status and Future Developments in Kidney Exchange Programs
Alvin Roth, Ph.D.
Living donor organs are being increasingly allocated by paired and exchange organ programs; This is the only major technical improvement in transplantation in
Session 2: Living Donor Transplant Issues Cont’d
Decreasing Barriers and Increasing Access for Living Donation
Cody Maynard; Independent Living Donor Advocate (NKDO)
Immediate actions we can take to increase the pool of living donors.
Discussion and Recap of Session 2 (John Fung, M.D, Ph.D.)
Session 3: More Living Donor Transplant Issues
Experiences of a Living Kidney Donor;
Martha Gershun, MBA
Author of a recent book with J.D. Lantos MD: Kidney to Share.
U.S. Public Attitudes Towards Compensating Donors
Thomas Peters M.D.
Two peer reviewed studies show that 70% of US population support compensating donors $50K.
Risk and Safeguards for Living Donors
Arthur Matas, M.D., Ph.D.
Screening donors is essential. Risks are small but not zero.
The Limits of Increased Counts of Deceased Donor Transplants
John P. Roberts M.D.
Ignorance is common: Increasing the Deceased Donor pool is constrained by the limits of brain-
dead donors; <2% of U.S. deaths.
WaitList Zero’s role in Living Donation
Josh Morrison J.D.; Founder of WaitList Zero
“Thanks for helping us, we were lost!” comment by a recipient, pointing to the need for education regarding living donors.
Discussion and Recap Session 3 (Thomas Peters M.D.)
Recap and Summary of the Symposium Glenn Chertow M.D., MPH
Agenda subject to change.
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University of Chicago
Philip Held, PhD
|Glenn Chertow MD, MPH|
|Martha Gershun, MBA|
|Arthur Matas, MD, PhD|
University of Minnesota
|Cody Maynard, ILDA|
National Kidney Donation Organization
|Frank McCormick, PhD|
University of California, San Francisco
|Thomas Peters, MD|
Sundance Medical Center
|Janet Radcliffe Richards, PhD|
University of Oxford
|John P. Roberts, MD|
University of California, San Francisco
|Sally Satel, MD|
|Asif Sharfuddin, MD, FASN, FAST|
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