NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON: The textbook on which this course is based, Foundational Perspectives of Organ Donation, is now available on Amazon. Now in its third edition, this publication is an anthology of essays written by renowned experts – intensivists, healthcare professionals, legal practitioners, communications experts and donor families – providing the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the field of donation and transplantation, as well as stimulating insightful conversation and critical thinking.

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Essential Organ Donation Education for Healthcare Professionals

NEXT VIRTUAL CLASSES: April 9, 2024 & December 5, 2024 | 11am – 5pm ET
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The Alliance Foundational Perspectives of Organ Donation is an interactive course, developed and delivered by field experts, to broadly examine the comprehensive donation process for the multidisciplinary healthcare team – especially early-career critical care providers, residents, fellows, nurses, respiratory therapists, advanced clinicians and early-career OPO professionals.

This full-day course introduces the clinical, legal and administrative considerations of organ donation, synergistic healthcare partnerships and patient family dynamics. It’s an ideal educational opportunity for clinicians and frontline healthcare team members, creating shared understanding of the complex and interconnected logistics of organ donation and bolstering effective practices in hospitals where donation occurs.

Chief Faculty

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Christopher Michetti, MD, FACS, FCCM
Chief of Trauma, Trauma Medical Director
University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center

Paul Lange Round
Paul Lange, MD
Medical Director
Donor Alliance, CO

Course Details

Foundational Perspectives of Organ Donation is a collaborative educational initiative with content and advisory from these multidisciplinary experts across the donation, transplantation and healthcare continuum.

Content authors include:

  • Hedi Aguiar, RN, BA, MSN – Fundamental Roots
  • Andrea Covey, MD – Saint Luke’s Physician’s Group
  • 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
  • Hilary Kleine, MSW – Donate Life America
  • Nathan A. Ludwig, MD – University of Louisville
  • Darren Malinoski, MD, FACS – VA Portland Health Care System / Oregon Health & Science University
  • Mudit Mathur, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCCM – Loma Linda University / Kaiser Permanente
  • 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

Guest Faculty have included:

  • Michael Clay – DCI Donor Services
  • David DeStefano, MBA – We Are Sharing Hope SC
  • Rondi B. Gelbard, MD – UAB Health
  • Paul Lange, MD – Donor Alliance
  • Dan Lebovitz, MD – Akron Children’s Hospital
  • Barbara Madson Madden, MSN, RN – Methodist Dallas Medical Center
  • Ahmad Mirza, MD – Augusta University Health
  • Wynne Morrison, MD, MBE – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Patti Niles – Southwest Transplant Alliance (retired)
  • Michelle Reef – Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
  • Harry Wilkins III, MD, MHCM, FACS – Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
  • Schawnte’ Williams-Taylor, RN, MBA/MS, CCRN-K, CPTC – LifeGift
  • Charlie Wright, MD – LifeLink Foundation

Standard course agenda is as follows (all times Eastern):

  • 11:00am – Introductions and Opening Case Scenario
  • 11:20am – Patients as Donors (Chapter 4)
  • 11:50am – Hospital and OPO Collaboration (Chapter 6)
  • 12:25pm – Break
  • 12:35pm – Family Interactions (Chapter 7)
  • 1:35pm – Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD)
  • 2:10pm – Break
  • 2:40pm – Facilitating Donation in Special Situations (Chapter 9)
  • 3:30pm – Break
  • 3:40pm – Donor ICU Management
  • 4:20pm – Case Scenarios
  • 5:15pm – Course Debrief
  • 5:30pm – Dismissal

On-Demand Pre/Post Material:

  • Saving and Healing Lives Orientation (On-Demand Lesson)
  • The History, Legalities and Ethics of Organ Donation and Transplantation (Chapter 1)
  • The Need for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors (Chapter 2)
  • The Donation and Transplantation System (Chapter 3)
  • Death by Neurological Criteria (On-Demand Lesson)
  • Creating a Culture of Donation (Chapter 10 & On-Demand Lesson)
  • End-of Life Care in the ICU: The Intensivist, Palliative Care and Donor Family Perspectives (Chapter 12 & On-Demand Lesson)
  • Organ Donation in Pediatric Patients (Chapter 13)

All items subject to change.

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the historic and present overview of the U.S. organ donation and transplantation system and discuss the legal and ethical considerations.
  • Identify basic characteristics of a potential donor and define the two potential pathways for deceased organ donation.
  • Explain both administrative and medical aspects involved in the donation process, such as determination of brain death, donation facilitation in special situations, and the physician role, intensivist and palliative care, in end-of-life care in the ICU.
  • Identify and describe the principles and goals of organ donor management.
  • Discuss the psychosocial and grief resource needs and identify principles of effective communication with a potential donor family.
  • Articulate and describe the factors and practices which contribute to a culture of donation in a hospital system and successful integration of best practices of organ donation into hospital processes, through collaboration between the hospital and organ procurement organization.
  • Describe how organ donation can benefit donors by honoring their wishes and have a positive impact on donor families and transplant recipients.

Foundational Perspectives of Organ Donation is recommended for:

  • Early-career critical care providers
  • Medical students
  • Residents
  • Fellows
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Attendings
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Advanced clinicians
  • Early-career OPO professionals
  • Administrators
  • Social workers
  • Pastoral care
  • Other health care professionals who may be involved in the organ donation process


The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance is offering 5.25 hours of continuing education credit for this offering, approved by The California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17117.  No partial credits will be awarded. CE credit will be issued upon request within 30 days post-event.


The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance will be offering 5.25 Category I CEPTC credits from the American Board for Transplant Certification. Certified clinical transplant and procurement coordinators and certified clinical transplant nurses seeking CEPTC credit must complete the evaluation form within 30 days of the event.

The Alliance Foundational Perspectives of Organ Donation includes interactive discussion of the following course content:

Chapter 1: The History and Overview of Donation and Transplantation

  • Section I: The History of Organ Donation and Transplantation
  • Section II: Legal History of Donation
  • Section III: Ethics of Transplantation

Chapter 2: The Need for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors

Chapter 3: The Donation and Transplantation System

Chapter 4: Patients as Donors

Chapter 5: Death by Neurological Criteria (Brain Death)

Chapter 6: Hospital and OPO Collaboration

Chapter 7: Family Interactions

Chapter 8: The Beneficiaries of Organ Donation and Transplantation

Chapter 9: Facilitating Donation in Special Situations

Chapter 10: Creating a Culture of Donation: Integrating Donation into the Hospital System

Chapter 11: Donor ICU Management

  • Section I: ICU Management of the Organ Donor
  • Section II: Neuroresuscitation of the Neurocritically Ill Patient
  • Section III: Donor Management Goals

Chapter 12: End-of-Life Care in the ICU

  • Section I: The Intensivist Perspective
  • Section II: The Palliative Care Perspective
  • Section III: The Donor Family Perspective

Chapter 13: Organ Donation in Pediatric Patients

Chapter 14: Case Scenarios

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Attendance of the course includes a copy of the published Foundational Perspectives of Organ Donation. (Pre-reading of chapters 1-3 is required prior to course attendance.)


Standard Enrollment: $400 per enrollee (normally $500)

Employees of Professional and Corporate Partner Organizations:

  • Platinum/Advocate: $325 per enrollee (normally $425)
  • Gold/Supporter: $350 per enrollee (normally $450)
  • Silver/Friend: $375 per enrollee (normally $475)

For organizations wishing to enroll 10 or more individuals, the following rates may be honored.  Please email [email protected] to arrange.

  • 10 or more registrants: $250 per enrollee
  • 20 or more registrants: $95 per enrollee

Jose Fugaro

“Few moments in healthcare make such a significant impact as organ donation. Ironically, training in this process is woefully lacking in medical education at all levels. This course places all of that information in one digestible location.”

JOSEPH FUGARO, MD, FCCP – Critical Care Intensivist, Saint Francis Healthcare

Sandy Kirchner

“Traditional training for clinical professionals and residents provides little to no preparation on donor management or how to have tough conversations with family members. This course can benefit providers who are new to managing donor patients and refresh even those who are most comfortable with it.”

SANDY KIRCHNER, MSN, APRN – Nurse Practitioner, Trauma; Bryan Health