July 28

Ending the Organ Donation Shortage

Over 100,000 Americans are currently waiting for a transplant of a kidney or other vital organ. Because the demand outstrips the supply, thousands of people a year die before a suitable organ becomes available. One proposed solution to this problem, put forward most prominently by Dr. Sally Satel, is to compensate people for donating organs. But many ethicists, including Professor David Magnus, have reservations about this approach. While other leaders in the transplant field, such as Tom Mone, have successfuly used other approaches to increase organ donation rates. Would paying people for organ donations be effective and would it be just?  Are there other ways to address the growing shortage of life-saving organs?  

Keynote Speakers

David Magnus, PhD

Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics, and Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, where he directs the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

David Magnus received his PhD in philosophy from Stanford University, and currently co-chairs Stanford Hospital and Clinic’s Ethics Committee which provides consultation to doctors, patients and families on issues concerning surrogate decision making at the end-of-life and organ donation. He is a member of  More Stanford’s End of Life Work Group, Palliative Care Board and the newly formed Innovative Care Committee.  In addition, Dr. Magnus has spearheaded ethics training programs offered to medical students and clinicians.

Dr. Magnus serves as the Editor-In-Chief of The American Journal of Bioethics and is widely published on a range of topics including brain death, health care reform, research ethics, end-of-life care, and genetic technology.  His published journals include The New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Hastings Center Report, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, and The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics.  Along with his scholarly work, he has written a number of editorial pieces in prominent newspapers and has been quoted in Time magazine, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, and NY Times.  He has also appeared on many television shows including Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, FOX news Sunday, and ABC World News.


Tom Mone

Chief Executive Officer of OneLegacy. He is also a Board Member of the Alliance for Organ Donation, a member of the UNOS International Relations Committee, and a Past President of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations

Tom Mone is CEO of OneLegacy, the US’s largest organ recovery agency, serving 19.5 million people, 200+ hospitals and 11 transplant centers. OneLegacy annually recovers 400+ organ donors, 1,300+ organs for transplant and 2,000+ tissue donors; each figure a 60-100% increase since he arrived at OneLegacy. Tom has led the development of 1) the first electronic donor  More records and web-based organ placement system, 2) the first real-time nucleic acid testing of all donors, 3) the Donate Life California DMV-linked Registry, 4) the Living Donation California Referral program, 5) the world’s first organ donation simulation center, 6) Spanish language paid media advertising, 7) multilingual family care staff, 8) the world’s largest tissue recovery program, and 9) Donate Life Rose Parade Float that has 140+ national and international partners and is seen by 55 million+ people each year.


Sally Satel, MD

Practicing psychiatrist and lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her publications include 'PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness is Corrupting Medicine' and 'Brainwashed - The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience'

Dr. Sally Satel is a resident scholar at AEI and the staff psychiatrist at a local methadone clinic in D.C. Dr. Satel was an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University from 1988 to 1993 and remains a lecturer at Yale. From 1993 to 1994 she was a Robert Wood Johnson policy fellow with the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. She has written widely in academic journals on  More topics in psychiatry and medicine, and has published articles on cultural aspects of medicine and science in numerous magazines and journals. She has testified before Congress on veterans' issues, mental health policy, drug courts,and health disparities. Dr. Satel is author of Drug Treatment: The Case for Coercion (AEI Press, 1999), and PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness Is Corrupting Medicine(Basic Books, 2001). She is coauthor of One Nation under Therapy (St. Martin's Press, 2005), co-author of The Health Disparity Myth (AEI Press, 2006), and editor of When Altruism Isn't Enough: The Case for Compensating Kidney Donors (AEI Press, 2009). Her recent book, co-authored with Emory psychologist Scott Lilienfeld isBrainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience (Basic, 2013). Brainwashed was a finalist for the 2013Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science.



Keith Humphreys, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford School of Medicine

Keith Humphreys is a Professor and the Section Director for Mental Health Policy in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  He is also a Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA Health Services Research Center in Palo Alto and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry,  More King's College, London.  His research addresses the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders, the formation of public policy and the extent to which subjects in medical research differ from patients seen in everyday clinical practice.



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