May 12, 2014

KCUMB Medical Students Participate in Organ Transplantation Lecture

KCUMB was fortunate to host the Colby Cassani Endowed Lecture Series on May 12.

According to The Colby Foundation, there are currently more than 122,000 on the waiting list for organ transplants. Eighteen people die each day waiting for a transplant. One donor may save up to eight lives and improve the lives of up to 50 people.

Starla Cassani and her husband, John, an osteopathic physician, established The Colby Foundation in 1995 to educate the public about organ, eye and tissue donation, two years after the death of their son, Colby, in a tragic accident.

Starla shared her family's personal story and spoke to KCUMB's first-year osteopathic medical students about the importance of organ donation. Other speakers included Mark Reintjes, M.D., medical director for the Midwest Transplant Network (MTN); Chris Bryan, M.D., chief of lab services at MTN; and Ray Gabel, community education coordinator at MTN. KCUMB's bioethics staff also discussed potential ethical issues involved with organ, eye and tissue donation.

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