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Panelists: Should We Legalize the Organ Market?

Read about the panelists debating the proposition "We Should Legalize the Market for Human Organs" in the latest in the Intelligence Squared U.S. series.


Lloyd R. Cohen

Lloyd R. Cohen, professor of law at George Mason University, has published scholarship on a variety of applications of economics to law, including a market in transplant organs, marriage and divorce, wrongful death, tender offers, and free riders and holdouts. Before joining the faculty of George Mason in 1993, he taught law at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Amy L. Friedman

Amy L. Friedman, M.D., is the director of transplantation and professor of surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Trained at Princeton, SUNY Downstate and the University of Pennsylvania, she previously served on the faculties of Penn and Yale University. Her immediate family includes two transplant recipients and one live donor.

Sally Satel

Sally Satel, M.D., is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a psychiatrist at the Oasis Clinic in Washington, D.C. Satel was an assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University from 1988 to 1993. She is editing a book on donor compensation, an interest dating to 2006 when she received a kidney from
a friend.


James F. Childress

James F. Childress is the Hollingsworth professor of ethics at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life. He is the author of numerous articles and several books on bioethics, including, with Tom L. Beauchamp, Principles of Biomedical Ethics. Childress was vice chair of the national Task Force on Organ Transplantation.

Francis L. Delmonico

Francis L. Delmonico, M.D., is professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and director of medical affairs of The Transplantation Society. He works closely with the World Health Organization, where he has been appointed as an adviser on organ transplantation. He also is the medical director of the New England Organ Bank.

David Rothman

David Rothman is the Bernard Schoenberg professor of social medicine and director of the Center on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia University. He has written about subjects including the history of caretaker institutions, the implications of the rise of bioethics and law for medicine, and medical professionalism with a focus on conflict
of interest.


Ira Flatow

Ira Flatow is a veteran NPR science correspondent and an award-winning TV journalist. He is the host of NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday. He anchors the show each week, bringing radio and Internet listeners worldwide a lively, informative discussion on science, technology, health, space and the environment.