During this meeting, we welcomed spring and had a special tribute to organ donors who make new life possible. This was a free educational event sponsored by Northwestern Memorial Foundation.
Elisa J. Gordon, PhD, MPH was our featured speaker. Dr. Gordon is a medical anthropologist and ethicist whose work is critical in helping patients and their families understand the complexities of transplantation so they can make truly informed decisions. In transplant medicine, there is little information available to the layperson. The clinical data that are published in scientific journals are typically not helpful to patients because of the complexity of the scientific studies and their use of medical jargon. Dr. Gordon’s work bridges the gap between published clinical data and information that is useful to patients.
Dr. Gordon discussed the concept of shared decision-making and presenting some of the helpful tools being developed at the Comprehensive Transplant Center to facilitate ethical, patient-centered education around transplant procedures.