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Professional Education

This page is dedicated to healthcare professionals who are interested in the field of kidney transplantation. 

Professional Education Videos:

Kidney Transplantation

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Thinking about Consent and Procurement in Organ Donation: Some Lingering Issues in the Areas of Ethics, The Law and Public Perception
Organ Donation Conference held on April 11, 2011.

Segment 1 - Presumed Consent
Ought we, as a nation, to adopt a policy of "presumed consent" in which one is born a donor by default (and therefore would have to opt out of this status), as is the case in Europe, or a nation of "individual consent," in which one has to go out of one's way to opt into the system, as is currently the case in the USA?

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Segment 2 - Individual Consent and Family Resistance
What ought we to do when the wishes of a prospective donor, who has given his or her consent to donate, are not accepted by that donor's family? What are the ethical, legal, and public perception issues involved in refusing that donor's explicit wishes?

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Segment 3 - Organ Donation by Cardiac Death
Are DCD ("Donation after Cardiac Death") cases of organ donation medically acceptable? The standard kind of organ donation case occurs in cases of brain death, but at Stony Brook we are also required to report when there are eligible donors who die of non-brain related sicknesses or injuries. Yet, many physicians, here and elsewhere, feel uncomfortable with this legal directive because they question whether and under what circumstances these sorts of patients/donors are in the first place declared dead in advance of recovering their organs. What, as a society, ought we to do about DCD?

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Participants/Speakers

ANDREW FLESCHER, PHD (moderator), Associate Professor of Religion, Ethics and Medical Humanities, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, Stony Brook University Medical Center

MICHAEL VETRANO, PHD, Associate Course Director, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, Stony Brook University Medical Center

KENNETH PRAGER, MD, FACP, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine; Director, Clinical Ethics; Chairman, Medical Ethics Committee, Columbia University Medical Center

CHRISTINA STRONG, ESQ., Attorney of Healthcare Law and Policy, Joint Organ Donation Task Force

MARC J. SHAPIRO, MD, Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology, Chief, Division of General Surgery, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Burns, Assistant Chief Quality Officer, Stony Brook University Hospital

DANA LUSTBADER, MD, Section Head of Palliative Medicine, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System

DANIEL SLONIEWSKY, MD, Pediatrician, Stony Brook University Hospital