2017 School of Medicine Oration - Ethical Issues in Donation and Transplantation

25 October 2017
5.30 pm to 7.00 pm
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

We are delighted to welcome Professor Francis L Delmonico, an international leader in organ donation and transplantation to deliver the 2017 School of Medicine Oration. His talk is entitled: “When we choose to “go to the moon”: what organ donation and transplantation reveals about medicine, science, and humanity”.

About Professor Francis Delmonico

Professor Delmonico is Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is Emeritus Director of Renal Transplantation. He is also Medical Director of the New England Organ Bank, and Past President of the United Network for Organ Sharing, the federally designated Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) that oversees the practice of transplantation in the United States. He is also Past President of The Transplantation Society, an Advisor to the World Health Organization in matters of organ donation and transplantation, Senior Advisor to the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group, and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Professor Delmonico is renowned for his work in combating organ trafficking and transplant “tourism”, and supporting the development of ethical practice in donation and transplantation throughout the world. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New York Times. He is a former Board member of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and a recipient of the NKF’s David M. Hume Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a co-recipient of the Prince of Asturias award on behalf of The Transplantation Society in 2010 for his efforts in the establishment of the Declaration of Istanbul. He has received the Shumakov Medal from the Moscow Institute of Transplantation and the Gold Medal of the Catalan Transplantation Society. He has received Honorary Doctorates from the Pan American University of Mexico City, Salem State University, and the Karolinska Institute.

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Date and time

25 October 2017
5.30 pm to 7.00 pm


Lecture Theatre, Level 2, REACH Building
Deakin University, Geelong (Waurn Ponds) Campus
75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds VIC