Organ-shortage crisis will be focus of July 28 Stanford Health Policy forum

Three experts will discuss ways to address the growing shortage of life-saving organs at the Stanford Health Policy forum on July 28.

More than 100,000 Americans currently need organ transplants. But because donor organs are in short supply, thousands die each year when a suitable organ fails to become available.

One proposed solution to this problem is to compensate people for donating organs, but many ethicists have reservations about this approach. Would paying people for organ donations be effective? Would it be just?  Are there other ways to address the growing shortage of donor organs?

Stanford bioethicist David Magnus, PhD, will join psychiatrist Sally Satel, MD, author of the 2009 book When Altruism Isn’t Enough: The Case for Compensating Kidney Donors, and Tom Mone, CEO of OneLegacy, to explore these questions as part of the Stanford Health Policy Forum series.

The event, titled “Ending the Organ Donation Shortage,” is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 28 at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, in room LK130. It is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For more information, visit or call (650) 725-3339.

Magnus is the Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics, professor of pediatrics and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. He co-chairs Stanford Hospital & Clinics’ ethics committee, which provides consultation to doctors, patients and families on issues concerning surrogate decision-making at the end  of life and organ donation.

Satel is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and the staff psychiatrist at a local methadone clinic in Washington, D.C. She was an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University from 1988 to 1993.

Mone is the CEO and executive vice president of OneLegacy, an organ and tissue recovery organization that serves the seven-county greater Los Angeles area.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Keith Humphreys, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford.


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