Brendan Parent, JD, is director of transplant ethics and policy research and assistant professor of bioethics in the division of medical ethics with joint appointment in surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He serves as an independent living donor advocate and provides ethics consultation for transplant programs across the United States. He is editor-in-chief of the Health Law Journal for the New York State Bar Association, a fellow of the Center for Genetics and Society, and a member of the Tri-SCI embryonic stem cell research oversight committee. In addition to transplant ethics, Parent’s current work focuses on ethics of crisis resource allocation, ethical challenges surrounding big data and artificial intelligence in health research, and regulation of emerging medical technologies. He has published academic articles in peer reviewed journals spanning law, medicine, science, sports, and ethics, and his work has been featured in the Washington Post, The NY Times, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, and on NPR. Previously, he was a legal fellow for the New York Task Force on Life and the Law, the first Rudin Post-Doc in the NYU Division of Medical Ethics, and received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center.
Reducing health disparities to improve life-saving donations and advance organ transplantation is a critical step in advancing equity within healthcare. Over the course of this discussion, we will explore the hidden barriers that exist in the transplant evaluation process that prevents communities of color from receiving access to appropriate medical care and transplantation. Our panelists will explore effective measures that transplant programs can take to increase the rate of transplants for racially diverse patients and improve healthcare equity.