Michael has been in healthcare a registered nurse for over 25 years with a focus and passion for critical care, solid organ donation, allocation and transplantation. He has vested his career in the field of donation and transplantation and have taken on various roles in the arena. During his bedside nursing days, he worked in multiple critical care units all over California including the Bone Marrow Transplant unit at USC Norris and the USC University ICU crew caring for heart and lung transplant recipients, before exploring travel nursing opportunities in Southern and Northern California. He moved back to Los Angeles in 2009 and joined OneLegacy as a Procurement Transplant Coordinator and Organ Team lead where he helped manage organ donors, provided hospital and community education, facilitated matching and organ allocation while providing support to donor families. He then rejoined the USC Transplant Institute leadership team in 2017 where he currently serves as the Clinical Program Manager and lead coordinator for Lung Transplant and Pulmonary Hypertension.
The Alliance Conversation Series brings you cost-free, fast-paced collaborative opportunities that highlight successful donation and transplantation practices across the country. Through shared insight, multidisciplinary experts identify solutions to critical challenges affecting the community of practice and actively share them for open discussion and broader knowledge of effective practices.
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Overview: There are currently 10,000 Asian and 625 Pacific Islander patients on the national transplant waitlist in need of a life-saving organ transplant. This is in large part due to the prevalence of liver disease and hepatitis, which often puts patients at risk for organ failure. In this session, we will explore the varying attitudes and behaviors of the Asian-Pacific Islander (API) community with respect to organ donation and transplantation. Our panelists will review the distinctions between the perception of organ donation across different API ethnic groups. The discussion will also highlight on real-world experiences and best practices established to increase organ donation and transplantation rates among Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.
Added Learning Opportunity (optional) We encourage you to continue with us for an optional 30-minute Breakout Session that will take place following this session at 3pm ET/2pm CT/ 1pm MT/12 pm PT. These breakout discussions will serve as a value opportunity to connect with your peers in the community in small, collaborative groups and apply lessons learned from the general session. Following the breakout session, we will reconvene with our speakers to share key insights and strategies identified.
BREAKOUT DISCUSSION: The breakout sessions will provide participants an opportunity to engage in a deeper discussion about personal biases, misconceptions, stereotypes, and barriers to donation and transplantation in the API community