The Transplant Project

The Division of Medical Ethics engages in a broad range of ethical and policy issues related to organ transplantation. Topics include organ procurement, fair allocation of organs, ensuring equity in the transplant candidate selection process, living and deceased donor considerations, and transplant financing. The division’s activities span all forms of transplantation, from solid organ transplant procedures to novel or highly innovative forms of vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA), including transplantation of the face, hand, upper or lower limb, uterus, penis, abdominal wall, and cornea. The division partners with the world-renowned transplant programs at the NYU Langone Transplant Institute and the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery to establish policies and best practices for the ethics of organ donation and transplantation. Recent local and national collaborations have focused on emerging ethical challenges in VCA, the role of public education in willingness to donate for VCA, fairness in transplant eligibility criteria, establishing ethical considerations for penile transplant, recommendations for improving national liver allocation, and understanding patient perceptions of facial transplantation.

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