Liver Allocation Vote

June 11, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan.— On June 22-23, United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) – the nonprofit that governs U.S. organ transplants – will once again consider a plan to remap how livers are allocated nationally. The plan would do away with the current 11-region system, replacing it with either a four- or eight-region system, thus expanding the geographic areas in which organs are allocated.

In May, Richard Gilroy, MD, medical director of Liver Transplant at The University of Kansas Hospital, and David Goldberg, MD, MSCE, an assistant professor in the division of Gastroenterology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, teamed up to take a closer look at organ donor consent rates across the country. The results dispute some commonly held beliefs about organ donation and show much room to grow donation rates among all groups, which would result in many more lives saved.

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