Human Organs for Sale?

Policy Forum
February 21, 2008 12:00PM
Auditorium/Wintergarden
Featuring: Arthur Matas, Professor of Surgery; Director, Kidney Transplant Program, University of Minnesota, Immediate Past President, American Society of Transplant Surgeons; Francis Delmonico, Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Medical Director, The Transplantation Society; World Health Organization; Benjamin Hippen, Transplant Nephrologist, Carolinas Medical Center, At-Large Member of the United Network for Organ Sharing Ethics Committee; and Samuel Crowe, Senior Policy Analyst, The President’s Council on Bioethics.

As the U.S. organ donor waiting list nears a record 100,000 and an average of seven Americans die every day waiting for an organ that never comes, solving the U.S. organ shortage takes on new urgency. Matas and Hippen will argue that the shortage could be solved by lifting the U.S. prohibition on the sale of human organs. Delmonico and Crowe will argue that the legalization of organ sales would do more harm than good. Matas will present his model for a regulated organ market described in his recent Cato study “A Gift of Life Deserves Compensation.” And Hippen will present his observations on why Iran is the only country in the world without an organ shortage, the subject of his forthcoming study.