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Organ Donation & Transplantation: Ask the Experts
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Kareem Abu-Elmagd, MD, PhD

  • Transplant Center Director
  • Digestive Disease Institute
  • Cleveland Clinic

Gordon Bowen

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Lifebanc
  • Cleveland, OH

Every 10 minutes a new name is added to the national waiting list for various organ transplants. Do you have questions about transplantation issues or organ donation? Do you know anyone who is an organ donor or recipient? What is the role of a transplant center and organ procurement agency? Take advantage of this opportunity to chat live in a secure online setting with experts from both areas. Cleveland Clinic transplant surgeon, Dr. Kareem Abu-Elmagd, and Gordon Bowen, CEO of Lifebanc, are ready to answer your questions and help educate on various aspects of these often confusing, but extremely important topics.

Cleveland Clinic's Transplant Center is a national leader in transplantation, performing bone and soft tissue transplants, bone marrow transplants, heart transplants, lung transplants, corneal transplants, kidney transplants, pancreas transplants, intestinal transplants, liver transplants and more. The recruitment of exceptional transplant specialists and scientists, combined with technical innovation and cutting-edge research, has made Cleveland Clinic one of the world's most comprehensive transplant centers. Cleveland Clinic’s partnership with Lifebanc provides life-saving organs to transplant patients, and a strengthened commitment to educating communities on the importance of organ donation.

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Kareem Abu-Elmagd, MD joined Cleveland Clinic in 2012 as the director of the Transplant Center and program director of the intestinal transplant program in the Digestive Disease Institute. Dr. Abu-Elmagd has earned an international reputation for significant clinical and technical contributions to the fields of intestinal, liver and multivisceral transplantation. He led the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) since its establishment in 1999. He is also an active member of 13 prominent professional and scientific societies, and is the current president of the Intestinal Transplantation Association.

Gordon Bowen, is the Chief Executive Officer of Lifebanc. Lifebanc is Northeast Ohio's federally designated, nonprofit organ procurement organization (OPO). Increasing organ and tissue donation for those awaiting transplant is one of Lifebanc's main goals. Working with more than 80 hospitals, Lifebanc is responsible for all aspects of the organ and tissue recovery and donation processes, public and professional education programs, and bereavement services for donor families. Lifebanc is a member of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) and an accredited member of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Lifebanc pursues a future in which the decision to donate is an honor and everyone waiting receives a transplant.

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