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New Edition of Alliance Introduction to Donation Textbook Available Now in Print and e-Book


The Alliance recently debuted the latest edition of the Foundational Perspectives of Organ Donation textbook, an introductory resource designed specifically for professionals involved in the organ donation process.

The text is uniquely tailored to provide a broad but intensive exploration of the organ donation process from a multidisciplinary perspective. More than 25 renowned experts from across the US contributed to this project, including physicians, surgeons, intensivists, organ procurement professionals, legal experts, hospital development specialists, donor families and more. Find out more about the chapters and content here.

“Organ donation and transplantation is arguably the most nuanced field of healthcare today,” says Senior Editor Dr. Christopher Michetti, Trauma Medical Director for Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. “Our goal is to deliver a resource that not only introduces healthcare professionals to the field, but also provides them with a foundation of diverse insight that is often overlooked during onboarding and training.”

The textbook also serves as the basis for the Foundational Perspectives of Organ Donation course, which is delivered in live virtual format several times per year. Michetti serves as chief faculty, along with fellow course chair Dr. Galen Henderson, Director of Neurocritical Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts. In a single day, participants are introduced to the historical, legal, ethical, clinical and relational aspects of the organ donation process. An on-demand version of this course is scheduled to debut later this year – part of The Alliance’s strategy to deliver specialized learning pathways for the community or practice.

Print and e-book versions may be purchased directly on, or Professional Partner organizations may order discounted large quantities of the print version directly through The Alliance. Click here to learn more.

Foundational Perspectives of Organ Donation authors and contributors include:

  • Christopher Michetti MDInova Health / University of Virginia School of Medicine (Senior Editor)
  • Galen Henderson, MDBrigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School (Senior Editor)
  • Hedi Aguiar, RN, BA, MSN – Fundamental Roots
  • Andrea Covey, MD – Saint Luke’s Physician’s Group
  • Hilary Czarda, MSW – Donate Life America
  • Paul L. DeSandre, DO – Grady Memorial Hospital / Emory University School of Medicine
  • David DeStefano, MBA – We Are Sharing Hope SC
  • Margaret K. Ellis, MD – Oregon Health and Science University
  • Kris Frank, RN, CCRN, CPTC – New England Donor Services
  • Glen A. Franklin, MD – University of Louisville Hospital / Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates
  • Amy Goldberg, MD, FACS – Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
  • Rachel Houck – LifeCenter Northwest
  • Brian Kimbrell, MD, FACS – Sarasota Memorial Hospital
  • Nathan A. Ludwig, MD – University of Louisville
  • Darren Malinoski, MD, FACS – VA Portland Health Care System / Oregon Health & Science University
  • Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, MPH, RADM, USPHS (Ret.) – First Samurai Consulting, LLC
  • Thomas A. Nakagawa, MD, FAAP, FCCM – Wolfson Children’s Hospital / UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville / Carolina Donor Services
  • Christopher R. Newey, DO, MS – Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Rosemary O’Meeghan, MBChB, FCICM – OneLegacy
  • Gweneth O’Shaughnessy, BS – Gift of Life Donor Program
  • Lisa A Paolillo, Esq. – New England Donor Services
  • Marcel Pincince, BA, STB – Donor Network of Arizona
  • Jose Javier Provencio, MD – University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Mitchell B. Sally, MD, FACS – Oregon Health and Science University
  • Jill P. Stinebring, RN, BSN, MBA – New England Donor Services
  • Harry Wilkins III, MD, MHCM, FACS – Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
  • Corey Bryant – The Alliance (Project Director and Editorial Director)
  • Janet Beckley – The Alliance (Design Editor)
  • Special Editorial Assistance by Hedi Aguiar, RN, MSN; Valinda Jones, RN, MSN; and LeAnn Swanson, MPH


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