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Kidney to Share: A living kidney donor's experience and lessons learned about barriers and opportunities in kidney donation
Hosted by Columbia's Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, featuring Martha Gershun & Dr. John Latos.

In this talk Gershun will discuss her decision to donate a kidney to a stranger and the long, complicated process that finally led to a successful surgery nine months later. Lantos will use her story to illustrate the ethical issues that arise in recovering and allocating organs from both living and deceased donors. They will suggest ways that the medical community could thoughtfully and safely reduce the burdens on living donors. Doing so could shorten the waiting list for transplants and save lives.

About the Speakers:

Martha Gershun is a nonprofit consultant, writer, and community volunteer. Previously she was Executive Director of Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the Reach Out and Read National Center. She is author of Care & Custody: A Novel of Three Children at Risk about siblings caught up in the child welfare system. Gershun holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, where she studied service operations and customer experience. In 2018 she donated a kidney at the Mayo Clinic to a woman she read about in the newspaper.

John D. Lantos, MD holds the Glasnapp Family Foundation Chair in Bioethics at Children’s Mercy Hospital and University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine. His books include Do We Still Need Doctors and Neonatal Bioethics. His most recent book, Ethics of Shared Decision Making was published this year by Oxford University Press. He is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Bioethics and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics.

Dec 8, 2021 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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