Critical questions for physicians on the ethics of organ transplants

Troy Parks , News Writer

Transplant specialists’ success has created demand for their expertise, despite organ shortages. But how do you solve the ethical questions of organ donation when each transplant requires a voluntary sacrifice from another human being? Learn how physicians are grappling with these questions and the ways the medical community is looking to increase organ donation.


The February issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics explores the key ethical concepts for professionals and patients in transplant medicine, including consent, extended criteria organs, regulatory oversight and donor incentives.

Articles featured in this issue include:

In the journal’s February podcast, Dorry Segev, MD, associate professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, discusses whether current organ allocation policy contributes to disparities in access, possible ways to maximize equity, and what physicians should advise their patients to do between policy changes.

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