Welcome to our SIG. We are psychiatrists and clinicians involved in issues of organ transplantation. We consult with patients, their families and donors, and their physicians.
We meet in person each year at the ACLP Annual Meeting in November. At other times we communicate via a listserv. Approximately 150 professionals are members of ACLP’s Transplant Psychiatry SIG.
Co-chairs of our SIG are Andrea DiMartini, MD, FACLP; Catherine Crone, MD, FACLP; and Paula Zimbrean, MD, FACLP.
The primary means of communication among members of the Transplant Psychiatry SIG is via listserv. Only members of the SIG may post and receive group messages, as well as view the archived postings.
ACLP Members: To join our SIG, you simply need to update your ACLP membership profile — under “Your Special Interest Group Subscriptions” toward the bottom of your profile page, check the “Transplant Psychiatry” box. Allow 24 hours for your membership to take effect.
If you are not a member of the Academy, submit the online form to join the SIG. Because the issues discussed in the Transplant Psychiatry SIG are intended for professionals who are involved or interested in transplantation, filling out the form does not automatically add you to the SIG. The SIG moderator will review your information and review/approve your membership. If you are a current SIG subscriber and wish to change your email, contact the Academy office at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
We encourage all of our SIG members to also become a member of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. The Academy is an important resource that serves as an inspiration, a chance for networking, and a place to learn. Membership has many other advantages including a subscription to the Academy’s journal, Psychosomatics. For more information, see Join ACLP.
The Asian Task Force on Organ Trafficking, composed of 14 bioethics scholars from Asia, Europe, and the U.S. who share a deep concern about the situation of organ trafficking across borders, has issued its “Recommendations on the Prohibition, Prevention and Elimination of Organ Trafficking in Asia.” These three PDF documents are available for your use and distribution:
From the Introduction Letter:
In consideration of the facts that there is a widening gap between organ demand and supply for transplantation, which lead to the result that patients in need have been traveling beyond geographical borders to receive transplants, either because of organ shortage at home or because transplant service has not been well established in their home countries; also taking into serious account the situations that agents and middlemen have exploited the situation as organ trafficking and that some Asian countries have become the sources of black market organs and the hub for transplant tourism, the Task Force is of the firm view that the mere condemnation could not stop the serious situation. There must be concrete steps taken by government authorities, public and private organizations as well as individuals to help stopping, preventing and eliminating organ trafficking. The Recommendations represent the joint views of the Task Force members about the principles and measures to be implemented for this purpose.
We sincerely hope that these Recommendations will be of assistance to you in formulating policies and in adopting specific measures. More specifically, we hope that these Recommendations will be fully integrated into your policies and measures so that the ultimate goal of eliminating organ trafficking in Asia could be achieved earlier.
April 4–6, 2008
7th Biennial Conference on Psychiatric, Psychosocial, & Ethical Issues in Organ Transplantation
Held in downtown Chicago, “Dilemmas and Struggles in Transplantation: Ethics, Psychosocial Considerations, and Policy” was co-sponsored by the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP), the Chicago Transplant Ethics Consortium (CTEC), the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Multidisciplinary experts presented and discussed current key issues in organ donation, candidate selection, and other essential topics in transplantation for ethicists, physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists working in solid organ transplantation. For program details, see the PDF General Information, Program & Registration.
Organized by the University Medical Center of Rotterdam, the Dutch Transplant Foundation, and the Dutch Health Council, this 2007 conference “Organ Transplantation: Ethical, Legal and Psychological Aspects” was held at the World Trade Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The brochure from this meeting is online.
February 4–6, 2005
6th Biennial Conference on Psychiatric, Psychosocial, and Ethical Issues in Organ Transplantation
Sponsored by UCLA and hosted by Dr. Curley Bonds, the 6th Biennial Conference on Psychiatric, Psychosocial, and Ethical Issues in Organ Transplantation was held in Santa Monica in 2005. Special focus was on “Improving Quality of Life for Donors, Recipients and Families.” It was a great success and attracted participants from many disciplines from all over the world.
Psychosocial Community of Practice (PSCOP) is a multidisciplinary group of members of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) who are involved in the assessment and care of the organ recipient and living organ donor throughout the transplant process. The PSCOP, launched in January 2014, will also represent researchers who are interested and involved in psychosocial research in organ transplantation. The AST is uniquely positioned to improve the psychosocial care of transplant candidates, recipients, and donors by providing a venue for transplant psychosocial providers and researchers to convene and establish a collaborative, multidisciplinary professional group.
Membership in PSCOP is free to AST members; non-members may join with a 1-year free trial membership. For more information, see the PSCOP launch flyer. To join, submit the AST’s Community of Practice sign-up form.
Chicago Transplant Ethics Consortium (CTEC). Members of CTEC have been meeting regularly since June 2003 for topical case review and deliberation in order to better understand and meaningfully respond to ethical issues in organ transplantation on a local, regional, national, and international level. This interdisciplinary group has a diverse membership comprised of voluntary individuals from various disciplines and institutions with a common interest in the evolving social and ethical aspects of organ transplantation. The consortium includes physicians and nurses from various medical disciplines including but not limited to transplantation, social workers, ethicists and philosophers as well as recipients and living donors. Members include health care professionals and administrators from both adult and pediatric transplant programs.
Although the group is hosted by the Transplant Center at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, members from other academic and non-academic institutions participate actively in weekly meetings. Materials for discussion and details of the meetings are disseminated to the membership-at-large by email communications.
European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) is the umbrella organization under which all European transplant activities are organized. ESOT cooperates with many transplant organizations to structure and streamline these activities in Europe.
Several organ expert sections within ESOT represent expert knowledge on particular organs. One of these expert sections is ELPAT, the European Platform for Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Organ Transplantation. ELPAT will be helpful in mapping and bringing together European expertise on the various ethical, legal and psychosocial aspects of organ transplantation.