Forced Organ Harvesting from Living People – Past, Present, Future
Sixteen years ago, the international community was made aware of forced organ harvesting from living persons for their organs in China. It is an unprecedented abuse of the medical profession, a violation of ethical standards in medicine, and a criminal practice.
As inconvenient it might be to confront and take actions to address this issue, in order to uphold the reputation of the medical profession, all medical professionals must now act against this abuse. Silence and inaction, hoping that the issue will resolve on its own is analogous to knowing there is a cancer and hoping it will dissolve on its own.
The most professional approach for the medical community is to diagnose the issue and then treat it. If a small group of medical professionals commit crimes against humanity, medical doctors everywhere need to inform themselves and act.
Our webinar will present a roundtable discussion on this topic, provide a review of the evidence that has been gathered in the past, update the audience about the latest research and discuss the next steps of action to stop forced organ harvesting. Our purpose is to educate medical professionals and equip them with data and knowledge so as to lay a path forward towards ending the abuse of forced organ harvesting.
David Beyda, MD
David Beyda, Chair and Professor of the Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanism, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, where he also directs the Ethics Theme, as well as the Global Health program. He is the founder and Medical Director of Medical Mercy, the medical arm of One Child Matters, traveling 6-8 times a year to care for children in more than 20 countries, a few of which are Cambodia, Swaziland, Mozambique, Kenya, and Ethiopia. Since 2004, he has made more than 55 medical trips to third world countries serving underprivileged children. He received the Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics and most recently received the Humanitarian Award from the Arizona Medical Association.
Alejandro Centurion, MD
Neurologist, DAFOH, Board of Directors
Alejandro Centurión, MD, is a neurologist and member of DAFOH for more than 15 years. He has participated in various activities to raise awareness among the general public and medical profession regarding the crime of forced organ harvesting.
Martin Elliott, MD
Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Martin Elliott is Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at University College London & Emeritus Professor of Physic and now, Fellow at Gresham College London. From 2010 until 2015, he was Medical Director at Great Ormond Street.
G. Weldon Gilcrease, III, MD
DAFOH Deputy Director
Dr. Gilcrease is an Assistant professor of medicine at the University of Utah. He is the medical director of the Huntsman Cancer Hospital and the program director for the hematology/oncology fellowship. He has won numerous teaching awards.
Jacob Lavee, MD
Professor (Emeritus) of Surgery, Heart Transplantation Unit Leviev Heart Center
Prof. Jacob (Jay) Lavee founded the Heart Transplantation Unit at the Leviev Heart Center of the Sheba Medical Center in Israel in 1991 and has served as its director until 2020. He is Professor of Surgery Emeritus at the Tel Aviv University.