Matching Donors to Organs: The politics, ethics and economics

Date & Time

Wed, 10/18/2006
5:15pm-8pm

Overview

Location: San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park

Today, there are over 92,000 people waiting for organs and each day eighteen of them will die before they get one. The wait in many locations is over five years and by 2010, it is expected to double. Concerned physicians, ethicists, legal scholars, and economists are urging dramatic reform, including legislative change to permit compensation to donors. Three distinguished panelists will discuss incentives to enhance the supply of lifesaving organs at this forum

Speaker

Francis Delmonico
OPTN/UNOS

Francis L. Delmonico, M.D., is professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and emeritus professor of renal transplantation at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he continues to practice as a transplant surgeon. He also serves as medical director of the New England Organ Bank in Newton, Mass.

Dr. Delmonico is vice president/president-elect of the OPTN/UNOS board of directors. Since 1986 he has served on a number of OPTN/UNOS committees, including the ethics, scientific advisory, living organ donor, and kidney and pancreas transplantation committees as well as the ad hoc foreign nationals committee. He additionally was a member of the Region 1 liver review board and the advisory council on non-heart-beating donation. He also has served as chair of the advisory committee on the National Transplant Tumor Registry.

In addition to his OPTN/UNOS responsibilities, he is a member of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Transplantation, previously serving as chair of its subcommittee on clinical issues. He is a councillor of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and has previously served in that capacity for the American Society of Transplantation (AST). He is chair of the ethics committee of the Transplantation Society (International). He has convened national meetings on living donation and national conferences on non-directed donation and expanded criteria donation as well as other transplant-related issues, such as the transplant wait list. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the AST and the National Kidney Foundation.

Brian Doherty
“Reason” magazine

Brian Doherty is a senior editor at Reason magazine and Reason.com.

Doherty is author of the books This is Burning Man (2004, Little, Brown; paperback BenBella, 2006) and Radicals for Capitalism: A History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement (PublicAffairs, 2007).

From 1994 to 2003, Doherty worked as associate editor and reporter for Reason, writing a variety of stories on topics ranging from the Americans with Disabilities Act to pollution-credit trading to the independent rock scene.

Doherty’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, Spin, National Review, The Weekly Standard, San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other publications.

He has been a commentator on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor and CNN Headline News’ Glenn Beck Show. Doherty was the Warren Brookes Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in 1999 and served as managing editor at Regulation magazine from 1993-94.

Arthur Matas
University of Minnesota, Medical School

Dr. Arthur J. Matas is currently Professor of Surgery and Director of the Renal Transplant Program at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Matas attended medical school in his native Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and completed an internship and a residency in 1979 and a Solid Organ Transplant Fellowship in 1980, all at the University of Minnesota. He is currently certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, The American Society of Transplantation, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, the International Society of Transplantation, the Society of University Surgeons, the American Society of Nephrology, and the American Surgical Association. He is Past President of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. In addition, he is on the Editorial Boards for several transplant-related journals.

Dr. Matas’ curriculum vitae has over 600 journal articles and book chapters and over 500 abstracts presented at a number of national and international meetings. His current interests include steroid-free immunization for kidney transplant recipients, nondirected (anonymous) donors, and government-regulated kidney sales to shorten the waiting time for potential kidney recipients on the deceased donor waiting list.