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Legal Issues Surrounding Organ and Tissue Donation Being Presented April 28, 2017

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April 7, 2017

New York State is facing a health care crisis: the need for transplantable organs far exceeds the availability. While a single donor can help save the lives of up to 8 people, potential donors are rare. It is crucial that all of the participants in the process, legal, clinical, administrative and governmental are knowledgeable about the law and the process surrounding organ and tissue donation.

Presented by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Health Law Section in partnership with the New York Alliance for Donation (NYAD), and co-sponsored by the Health Law Committee and Bioethical Issues Committee of the New York City Bar, this program will discuss many of the legal, regulatory and ethical issues in donation and transplant, including:

  • Overview of the status and challenges surrounding organ and tissue donation in New York
  • Overview of federal and state laws surrounding organ and tissue donation
  • Panel discussion of hospital policies and procedures and the critical role of hospital counsel
  • Brain death and brain death guidelines and their involvement with organ donation
  • Exploration of ethics and organ donations

Friday, April 28, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Check-in begins at 8:30 am)
Mount Sinai Hospital, Goldwurm Auditorium
1425 Madison Avenue
New York, NY

Cost: $35
Physicians $10
Free for all others including staff members of Mount Sinai Hospital.

1.5 MCLE credits for newly-admitted attorneys and experienced attorneys. These credits are transitional.


8:30 am —9:00 am

  • Registration

9:00 am —9:15 am (No CLE credit)

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Speaker: Margaret Davino, Program Chair and Former Chair, New York State Bar Association Health Law Section

9:15 am —9:45 am (No CLE credit)

  • Introduction and overview of the organ shortage, discussion of organ, eye and tissue allocation, statistics and importance of the subject
  • Speakers: Aisha Tator, Executive Director for the New York Alliance for Donation, and Dr. Leona Kim-Schluger, Mount Sinai Hospital

9:45 am —10:10 am (No CLE credit)

  • Remarks from LiveOn NY and presentation from an organ donor/recipient/family

10:10 am - 11:00 am (1.0 CLE credit)

  • Laws surrounding organ, eye and tissue donation: consents, refusals, family involvement, disputes
  • Speaker: Christina Strong, Esq.

11:00 am —11:15 am

  • Break

11:15 am —11:55 am (.5 CLE credit)

  • Hospital policies and procedures and involvement of hospital counsel
  • Moderator: Lorraine Ryan, Greater New York Hospital Association
  • Speakers: Alex Trinkoff, Esq., Northwell, Christina Dugan, NYU, Samuel Acquah, MD, Mount Sinai, Codette Barton, Mount Sinai

11:55 am —12:20 pm (No CLE credit)

  • Brain death and brain death guidelines, involvement with organ, eye and tissue donation
  • Speaker: John Halperin, MD

12:20 pm — 12:45 pm (No CLE credit)

  • Ethics and organ, eye and tissue donations
  • Speaker: Michael Shapiro, MD

12:45 pm —1:00 pm
Questions and answers

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about organ donation and transplantation.

Register online


  • $35: Attorneys
  • $10: Physicians
  • Free: Mount Sinai Staff and all other medical professionals, non-attorneys and members of the public

Questions or need assistance registering? Contact Kristina Maldonado with NYSBA at:

CLE: Qualifies for 1.5 MCLE credits for newly-admitted attorneys and experienced attorneys.

About the Speakers:

Christina Strong, JD, Law Office of Christina Strong, General Counsel, NJ Sharing Network, Adjunct Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law.

Michael Shapiro, MD, Surgical Residency Program Director, Chief, Division of General Surgery, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School; Attending Surgeon, Department of Surgery, University Hospital, Newark, Hackensack University Medical Center; Associate Professor Department of Surgery, Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School. Former Chair, UNOS Ethics Committee.

John Halperin, MD, Medical Director of Neuroscience, Atlantic Health System; Director of Overlook Hospital's Atlantic Neuroscience Institute; Chairman, Department of Neurosciences, Atlantic Health System; Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University Medical School; Former Chair of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital.

Leona Kim-Schluger, MD, Sydney J. Zweig Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Associate Director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute.

The speakers will also be joined by a panel of distinguished hospital counsel, and individuals impacted by the donation and transplantation process.