Monday, March 15, 2010

UNOS on Life and death issues

About 106,000 people are on the national waiting list for organ transplants.
Needed: more than 83,000 kidneys, 15,000 livers, 3,000 hearts, 1,800 lungs, 1,400 pancreases and others. Only about a fourth of those needing a transplant get one in any given year.
Walter K. Graham is cognizant of those numbers as head of the Richmond-based United Network for Organ Sharing, the national organization in charge of matching donor organs with people needing lifesaving transplants.
"When I first came to UNOS, I think there were about 10,000 people on the waiting list nationally," said Graham, UNOS' executive director since 1995 and the organization's assistant executive director for eight years before that....Click on full article below.

On life-and-death issues, UNOS chief a steadying influence | Richmond Times-Dispatch

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