Lunch & Learn: Anonymous Donors

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Toronto General Hospital

585 University Ave

11th floor, Peter Munk Building - Astellas Conference Room

Toronto, ON M5G 2N2

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In our ongoing Lunch & Learn series, we're proud to host Judy Jung and Dr. Susan Abbey to discuss anonymous living organ donation.

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In their recently published study, Judy Jung and Susan Abbey explore anonymous living liver donation and its significant potential to reduce the gap between transplant organ demand and availability. The study discusses the experience of 50 individuals who voluntarily donated a portion of their liver to recipients with whom they had no biological connection or prior relationship. This report is the first to discuss motivations, strategies and facilitators that may mitigate physical, social and ethical risk factors in this patient population. With rigorous protocols, anonymous liver donation and recipient outcomes are positive. The authors suggest that with appropriate clinical expertise and system facilitators in place, anonymous liver donation could reduce the organ gap, giving thousands of recipients another chance at life.

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Judy Jung RN, CGN(C), MHSc, CHE

With interests in chronic disease management across broader health services, Judy developed a background in psychosocial support and research methodology as a clinical research coordinator with the oncology and palliative care population at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. She joined the University Health Network Multi-Organ Transplant Program in 2012 as a registered nurse, then worked as a Clinical Coordinator in the UHN Living Liver Donor Program from 2015 to 2018, engaging in clinical and psychosocial support, family/team resource navigation and research related to living donation. Following graduate training in Health Administration at the University of Toronto, she joined The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) as Senior Clinical Manager for the Multi-Organ Transplant and Medical Specialties Program.

Susan Abbey MD, FRCPC, BSc

Susan Abbey is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and the Chief of Psychiatry at the University Health Network. Dr. Abbey completed her MD training and residency in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, with subsequent fellowship training in the psychiatric care of the medically ill at Massachusetts General Hospital and research training at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. Academically, Dr. Abbey’s research and clinical interests have been related to the psychiatric care of patients in the medical and surgical setting including the psychiatric and psychosocial aspects of solid organ transplantation, end-organ failure and life-threatening illness (most prominently cardiovascular disease), the psychosocial and psychiatric impact of high tech interventions and mindfulness meditation as a treatment modality in the emotionally distressed medically ill. Dr. Abbey also has a scholarly interest in medical education and continuing professional development.

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12:00 noon (Eastern)- Lunch

12:30 PM - WELCOME

12:35 PM - Donor Outcomes in Anonymous Live Liver Donation, Judy Jung

1:00 PM - Psychosocial Assessment in Living Donation

1:25 PM - Q & A

1:45 PM - Closing Remarks

2:00 PM - ADJOURNMENT

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Toronto General Hospital

585 University Ave

11th floor, Peter Munk Building - Astellas Conference Room

Toronto, ON M5G 2N2

Canada

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