Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics
Resolving the Shortage of Organs for Transplantation:
Ethics, Science, and Technology...

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Friday November 20, 2009
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
MUSC College of Health Professions

151 Rutledge Avenue, Complex A

Charleston, SC 29425



Title Sponsor


South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute


Corporate and Leadership Circle Sponsors

South Carolina Hospital Association
Organ Recovery Systems


Exhibitor Sponsors

LifePoint, Inc.


Coordinating Sponsors

Rutland Institute for Ethics South Carolina Bioengineering Alliance



The event will provide up-to-date information and research, and give you a voice in a multidisciplinary dialogue that has two goals:

1. Participants, through facilitated working sessions, will develop an ethically sound course of action for resolving the shortage of organs for transplantation through state-of-the-art applications of science and technology.

The day will begin with expert panelists initiating the discussion of organ supply options. Working groups will identify the many issues associated with reducing the shortage of organs for transplantation and potential solutions, including organ donation, regenerative medicine, and xenotransplantation. Participants will consider present and future scientific, ethical, healthcare, economic, and regulatory issues and challenges.

2. With an eye to making real progress in this complex field, a white paper or other publication will be prepared by a writing committee post conference. Participants will have an opportunity to comment prior to submission for publication. All contributors will be recognized. Copies will be distributed to key stakeholders.


One to two moderators and a graduate student “rapporteur” will be with each working group. Groups will be composed of 12-15 participants. Participants in the working sessions will be grouped with participants of differing backgrounds to provide diverse perspectives in addressing the organ supply issues, challenges and solutions within the groups.



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Kelvin Brockbank

Kelvin Brockbank, Ph.D., President and Chief Science Officer, Cell and Tissue Systems, Inc. and visiting faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently best known as the inventor of the storage and transportation methods used for most of the cryopreserved allograft heart valves, blood vessels, ligaments and meniscal tissues implanted in the U.S.

Richard Pierson, III

Richard N. Pierson III, M.D., Professor of Surgery, University of Maryland, Director, Surgical Care Clinical Center, VA Maryland Health Care System. He is the immediate past-president of the International Xenotransplantation Association. His research program is funded by NIH and VA mechanisms to evaluate tolerance induction approaches for heart allografts and heart and lung xenograft rejection mechanisms in translational models.

Robert Sade

Robert Sade, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Director of the Institute of Human Values in Health Care at the Medical University of South Carolina and Medical Director, LifePoint, Inc. He chairs the Ethics Committee of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, chairs the Standards and Ethics Committee of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and serves on the ethics committees of both the United Network for Organ Sharing and the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations.

Richard Swaja

Richard Swaja, Ph.D., Professor and Director, South Carolina Bioengineering Alliance (SCBA), CoEE Endowed Chair in Regenerative Medicine at MUSC, Professor and Associate Chair of Bioengineering at Clemson University, Director of the Clemson – Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Joint Bioengineering Program, and also holds professorships in Cell Biology and Anatomy at MUSC and in Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina.

Stephen Williams

Stephen P. Williams, Esq., Special Counsel, with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. in Greenville, SC. Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America–Healthcare Law, he is attorney to the state’s largest tertiary-care hospital, Greenville Hospital System. Mr. Williams has more than a decade of experience as senior vice president and general counsel to the South Carolina Medical Association.


The event will be facilitated by Dr. Daniel Wueste
Bruce Yandle

Dr. Daniel Wueste, Director
Rutland Institute for Ethics, Clemson University

Daniel E. Wueste is director of the Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University.  His primary research interests are in legal philosophy and practical and professional ethics. His work has appeared in various journals including Cornell Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, and Dimensions in Critical Care Nursing. He is an ex officio member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Academic Integrity and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal for Educational Integrity, the journal of the Asia Pacific Forum on Educational Integrity. Wueste is president of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum.


Bruce Yandle

Linda Gallicchio, Event Coordinator
Rutland Institute for Ethics, Clemson University

Linda M. Gallicchio joined the Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University in Fall 2007 as associate director for business outreach. Gallicchio’s focus is to build relationships and collaborations with businesses, the professions, chambers of commerce, civic organizations, school districts and government. She is working to coordinate multidisciplinary teams at Clemson that will partner across the above groups on projects and programs to reach as many as possible with lessons/messages/discussions about ethics, critical thinking and effective decision making. She will also capitalize on attracting speakers to campus and creating opportunities to bring those same speakers out to the communities.


Dr. Kelvin Brockbank, Cell and Tissue Systems, Inc.
Dr. Robert Sade, Institute of Human Values in Health Care at MUSC
Dr. Richard Swaja, South Carolina Bioengineering Alliance
Dr. Daniel Wueste, Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson University



Should you desire accommodations for either November 19 or 20, you must specify that you are with the “ORGAN TRANSPLANTATION CONFERENCE”

The below listed prices are only guaranteed through October 19th. We suggest you make your reservations as soon as possible.

Comfort Inn

Charleston Riverview

144 Bee St
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843 577-2224

Distance: .64 miles

Francis Marion Hotel

387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-0600 or
1(877) 756-2121 Toll Free
843-853-2186 Fax

Distance: .87 miles

Holiday Inn
Historic District

125 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843 805-7900

Distance: 1.05 miles

$79 per night*

(valid through Nov. 9, 2009)

$139 per night*

$159 per night*

Parking is free

City parking next door at $12 per night self parking, $17 for valet parking

Parking is $11 per night

*All room rates subject to a 12.5% state and local taxes and a city occupancy fee of $1.00 per night


For detailed directions to the venue, please use the above address as your destination.

The Ashley Rutledge patient garage on Ashley Avenue, immediately behind the College of Health Professions Complex A. Ashley is one way, turn from Calhoun Street.

The MUSC Parking Garage 1, driving entrance at Doughty and President St's, another 2 blocks behind COHP (walking access from Jonathan Lucas St.).


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