The High Risk Donor Organ: What to tell or not tell


The number of patients on transplant waiting lists continues to grow creating an acute shortage of donor organs. In response some programs in the transplant community have enlarged the donor organ pool by expanding the criteria for donor acceptance. These organs may be suitable for some patients on the waiting list and may shorten the wait times resulting in decreased wait list mortality. However, expanded criteria donor (ECD) organs have risk factors that may result in less than optimal graft function and complications in recipients. The overall goal of this webinar is to review the ethical considerations, risk factors, and guidelines for informed consent in the use of ECD organs.


Timothy L. Pruett, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Internal Medicine; Head, Division of Transplantation; John S. Najarian Surgical Chair in Clinical Transplantation, University of Minnesota, MN

Robin N. Fiore, PhD, Voluntary Faculty, Department of Medicine; University of Miami Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL

W. Daniel Traetow, M.D., Director, Solid Organ Transplant Anesthesia; Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University, OH