Common misconceptions about organ donation with Gift of Life's Howard Nathan

Common misconceptions about organ donation with Gift of Life's Howard Nathan

"We offer an opportunity to turn a tragedy into something that many families see as the one positive thing that happened outside of the tragedy they faced."

"We offer an opportunity to turn a tragedy into something that many families see as the one positive thing that happened outside of the tragedy they faced."

Twenty-two people die each day waiting for an organ transplant, and a new person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes.

This is the challenge that Howard Nathan has been up against for his entire career.

As President and CEO of Philadelphia's Gift of Life Donor Program, Howard began his tenure in organ procurement as a transplant coordinator in 1978. Since 1984 he has led Gift of Life, the oldest and largest of the United States' 58 organ procurement organizations. 

In this episode of Off the Charts, Howard talks with Andy about what makes organ procurement challenging and rewarding work, common misconceptions about organ donations, and where the field is headed in the coming years. 


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