Template Letter in favor of Pilot Projects to reverse

America's organ-donor crisis with Presumed Consent

Note: portions of this petition-letter were prepared utilizing language from the American Liver Foundation’s organ-donor Resolutions. Those Resolutions and factual links are at the bottom of this page.

After you copy the letter that you see below with your edits as desired, just type your zip code into the box and click on the "go" button. Then, when you get to the Congress.org site, you access an email to the President Obama or your Congressional or state legislator using "Contact via web form" or their given email address and the last option once there is "Compose your own letter." Click on "Next Step" and paste in your letter. You will be given the option to delete text at the bottom if it exceeds their limit. 

Thank you for being an advocate for pilot projects of the new organ donor policy of Presumed Consent to help save the lives of over 111,000 people waiting for the "Gift of Life"!


Enter as "Subject": New organ donor policy of Presumed Consent needed to reverse America's crisis

Then copy and paste from below:

More than 114,000 dying patients are waiting for an organ today. One of them, or one who was taken off the list due to being too sick, dies every 52 minutes. In the twenty-four years in which there has been a waiting list, there have never been more than 14,631 deceased and living donors in any ONE year.
Clearly, "altruism" is failing to meet the demand for organs and failing to end this organ-donor crisis.

We are urging policy makers to begin pilot projects, in various states, of a new models of consent for organ donation: "Presumed Consent" (PC).  

The Presumed Consent (PC) motto is, “Your Choice First.” Every American’s wish will be honored as follows: extensive publicity will notify all citizens that they will be presumed to be an organ donor and that if they object, they may "opt-out." PC is in effect in over 20 countries. The AMA and British Med. Assoc. have voiced support for PC and two reports by the AMA's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs recommend that "physicians should encourage and support properly designed pilot studies... that investigate the effects of [PC]." The HHS Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation recommended a pilot study of PC to involve 4-5 states. Existing Presumed Consent bills are presently being evaluated for introduction into the Delaware, Nevada and California legislatures.  

California is signing up new organ donors with its online Donate Life Registry at the rate of 1.5 million a year. There are 34 million adults in CA, thus 20 years to sign up all. With PC and the stroke of a pen, everyone is signed up immediately except for those who opt out.

Presumed Consent would not only provide more organs, but it would also reduce the need for split liver transplantation, artificial organs, and xenotransplantation. Some believe Congress will never pass new organ-donor policies. As transplant surgeon, Adela Casas, MD, said, "I think it will be a hard road but a battle worth fighting for."

Please join with us and come out publicly for pilot projects of PC in your speeches and publications and by voicing your strong support to your peers.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

At the Loma Linda University Medical Center Transplant Institute
, Loma Linda, CA:
Michael E. De Vera, MD, FACS, Transplant Institute Director and Chief of Transplant Surgery
-- Pedro Baron, M.D., Member, ASTS, Director of Pediatric and Adult Liver Transplantation; Associate Professor of Surgery
-- Richard Swabb, M.D., Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Board Certified in Nephrology
-- Jill Weissman, Pharm. D., Transplant Pharmacist, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Julia A. Nofrada, RN CCTN (Certified Clinical Transplant Nurse)
-- Leigh Aveling,
DMin., MFT, Chaplain and Associate Professor, School of Religion

At the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital, Spokane, Washington
-- Okechukwu N. Ojogho, MD, MMM, FACS, Surgical & Program Director, Kidney Transplant Program

At Stanford University School of Medicine:
Waldo Concepcion, MD, Member ASTS, FACS; Chief of Clinical Transplantation, Chief of Pediatric Kidney Transplantation, Associate Professor of Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine.

At "Save Lives Now New York (SLNNY)"
Ted Lawson, President and Executive Director
Rocco F. Andriola, Esq., Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
-- Thomas Hales, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman

Lewis Teperman, MD: Director of Transplantation and Vice Chairman of Surgery at New York University; Chair,
             Presumed Consent Committee
-- Sally Satel, MD, Chair, Financial Incentives Legislation Committee
-- Robert Carnevale, Chair-Development CommitteeAt Scripps Green Hospital, La Jolla, CA

-- Donald Hillebrand, M.D., Hepatologist; Medical Director, Liver Transplantation  
At the University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, SD:
-- Adela T. Casas-Melley, M.D., ASTS, Pediatric/Transplant Surgeon, Sanford Children's Specialty Clinic; Associate Professor-Academic Faculty; Member, Editorial Board, Transplant Chronicles
At the Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:
-- Nicolas Jabbour, M.D., Member, ASTS, Medical

At the Cleveland Clinic:
--John J. Fung, MD, PhD, FACS,
Chairman of the Department of General Surgery and Director of the Transplant Center.
At the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center:
-- Raymond M. Planinsic, MD, Director of Hepatic, Intestinal and Multivisceral Transplantation Anesthesiology

At the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
-- Thomas Cacciarelli, M.D., Chief, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Liver Transplant Surgery Program
At the University of California – Davis Medical Center:
-- Lorenzo Rossaro, M.D., Medical Director, Past Liver Transplant Program, Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

At the University of Southern California Hospital, Los Angeles, CA:
-- Yasir A. Qazi, M.D., Medical Director, Kidney-Pancreas Transplant
-- Kianoush Banaei-Kashani, M.D., Keck School of Medicine of USC, Division of Nephrology
-- Jay Vidhun, M.D., Dept. of Nephrology, Kidney Transplant
-- Zeid Kayali, MD, MBA, Hepatologist

At the Center for Hepatobiliary Disease and Abdominal Transplantation (CHAT), University of California, San Diego School of Medicine:
Robert G. Gish, MD, Co-Director
Michel Mendler, MD, Hepatologist, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of  GI and Liver Diseases

At the NYU Medical Center (New York University School of Medicine & Hospitals Center):
-- Lewis Teperman, MD, Associate Professor, Chief and Director of Transplantation Surgery; Member: UNOS Liver & Intestine Committee, Member, Board of Directors: American Liver Foundation, New York Regional Transplant Program and Latino Organization for Liver Awareness

-- Phil Berry, M.D., Advisory Committee for Organ Transplantation (ACOT) appointed by Secretary Tommie Thompson, Health & Human Services, 2001-2004; Past President, Texas Medical Association; President, Texas Medical Assoc. Foundation 

-- Leonard J. Morse, MD; Commissioner of Public Health, Worcester, Massachusetts; Professor of Clinical Medicine and Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Chair Emeritus, AMA CEJA; Past-President, Mass. Medical Society (Presumed Consent support pursuant to AMA Opinion 2.155)

-- Joseph Beezy, MD, Member House of Delegates: California Medical Association, Emergency Physician: Kaiser: Panorama City, CA

--James N. Eustermann M.D. FACS; Board Certified General Surgeon; Diplomat, American Board of Surgery; Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Medical Director

-- Sally Satel, MD, Staff Psychiatrist, Oasis Drug Treatment Clinic, Washington, D.C.; Resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Coauthor of One Nation Under Therapy and author of PC, M.D.; editor of When Altruism Isn't Enough: The Case for Compensating Kidney Donors (AEI Press, 2009) and many other publications in favor of new OD policies

-- Diane Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist, U.S. Department of Labor; senior fellow, Hudson Institute

-- Charles J. Goodacre, DDS, MSD; Dean of the School of Dentistry, Loma Linda University; Past President, American Board of Prosthodontics; Board Member, American College of Prosthodontists; Redlands, CA

-- Richard Darling, DDS; Past National Public Citizen of the Year (NASW); Author: Coma Life, an autobiographical memoir of three liver transplants

-- Dave Courtney, Vice President and Director of Public Relations; The Presumed Consent Foundation

-- Bill Remak, Chairman, California Hepatitis C Task Force;
Secretary, National Association of Hepatitis Task Forces; Member, Board of Directors of the Pharmacy Council on Hepatitis and Liver Disease.
-- Ralph H. Treiman, Past-President, American Liver Foundation, Greater Los Angeles Chapter

-- Debbie Delgado Vega, Founder, President and CEO, Latino Organization for Liver Awareness (LOLA)

-- Steve Calandrillo, Professor of Law & Washington Law School Foundation Scholar, University of Washington School of Law, William H. Gates Hall, Seattle, WA

-- Harold Kyriazi, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA; Founder: AHCSIOS (the Ad Hoc Committee for Solving the Intractable Organ Shortage; website www.ahcsios.org)

-- Alex Tabarrok, Associate Professor of Economics, Deptartment of Economics, George Mason University; Research Director, The Independent Institute; Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

-- more concerned citizens in favor of pilot projects of new OD policies are listed here.

A portion of this letter was prepared utilizing language from the American Liver Foundation's resolutions: http://www.liverfoundation.org/about/advocacy/organdonationpolicy/

The Presumed Consent Foundation http://www.presumedconsent.org/membrshp.htm

USA organ-donor waiting list http://www.optn.org/. One dies every hour here.

AMA CEJA Opinion 4-1-05 is at http://www.ama-assn.org/ama1/pub/upload/mm/369/ceja_opinion_2_155.pdf
Opinion 7-A-05 http://www.ama-assn.org/ama1/pub/upload/mm/369/ceja_7a05.pdf.
Opinion 2.155 is referenced in the former.

The British Medical Association's support for PC and endorsement of PC by Britain's Chief Medical Officer is at http://fairfoundation.org/organdonation/BMA_on_Presumed_Consent.pdf

A video presentation on Presumed Consent by Dan Ariely. Dan Ariely is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Behavioral
Economics at MIT Sloan School of Management. He also holds an appointment at the MIT Media Lab where he is the head of the eRationality research group. He is considered to be one of the leading behavioral economists. Currently, Ariely is serving as a Visiting Professor at the Duke University, Fuqua School of Business. http://www.fairfoundation.org/jw_flv_player/presumed_consent.html

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