Changing Priorities in Organ Transplants

Changing Priorities in Organ Transplants

We explore the ethical and medical issues in deciding how donated kidneys are allocated.

As the number of patients waiting for kidney transplants rises, the network overseeing how donated kidneys are allocated is considering changes. Currently, those longest on the waitlist usually have priority, but age could soon be a factor, with younger patients favored in some cases. We explore the ethical and medical factors in the debate.

Guests

Kenneth Andreoni

Associate Professor of Surgery at Ohio State University; Chair of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Kidney Committee.

Robert Veatch

Professor of Medical Ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics; Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University; Board of Directors of the Washington Regional Transplant Community; United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Ethics Committee

Bryan Becker

Former president of the National Kidney Foundation; Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Ben Hippen

Transplant Nephrologist, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

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