We will discuss some of the ethical debates that have occurred over the last five decades regarding living organ donors. Is removing an organ from a healthy person to benefit another a violation of the fundamental precept to "do no harm?" Are there ethical ways to increase the supply of organs? Are current practices for screening potential living donors ethically appropriate? To do this, Martha Gershun will tell the story of her decision to donate a kidney to a stranger and discuss what she learned in the process of donating. John Lantos will put Martha's experience in historical and ethical context.
Participants who engage in this educational intervention will be able to:
- Understand the ways that doctors' and policymakers' skepticism about the motives of living organ donors shaped current practices in evaluation of such donors
- Analyze different approaches to increasing the supply of organs for donation
- Appreciate barriers faced by living kidney donors and possible ways to reduce or eliminate those barriers.
John Lantos, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Director, Bioethics Center, Children's Mercy, Kansas City
Martha Gershun, MBA
Writer, consultant, living organ donor
The following persons in control of content disclosed the following financial relationships which were reviewed via the MCW conflict of interest resolution process and resolved.
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