Expanding living kidney donation: ethical and policy considerations




Ross, Lainie Friedman

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In 1954 the first successful living donor kidney transplant was performed between identical twins. With the improvement in immunosuppression, ABO compatible friends, spouses and even strangers can now donate kidneys to waitlist candidates. In this lecture, Lainie Friedman Ross, M.D., Ph.D., will discuss some of the ethical and policy challenges that arise by the expansion of living donor kidney transplants including 1) when strangers serve as non-directed donors; 2) when ABO-incompatible donor-recipient pairs trade kidneys; and 3) the new practice of asynchronous kidney chains catalyzed by nondirected donors. But all of these expansions must be understood with a caveat: she concludes by discussing the ethical concerns raised by the practice of living kidney donation, as well as what is known and what is not known about the short- and long-term risks that living donors face and what research is needed to ensure that prospective donors give an informed and voluntary consent.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013; noon to 1 p.m.; Room D1.602. "Expanding Living Kidney Donation: Ethical and Policy Considerations" Lainie Friedman Ross, M.D., Ph.D., The Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Ethics; Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, & Surgery; Associate Director, MacLean Center for Medical Ethics, University of Chicago.

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Grand Rounds, Ethics, Medical, Kidney Transplantation, Living Donors, Teaching Rounds


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