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Bioethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan to Speak on Organ Donation, January 11


Brooklyn, NY – Renowned bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, will present a lecture entitled “C’mon NY – It’s time to take the shortage of organs for transplant seriously!,” sponsored by SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s John Conley Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities, on Wednesday, January 11 at 4:00 pm. The lecture will take place in SUNY Downstate’s Health Science Education Building, 395 Lenox Road, Brooklyn, New York, in Lecture Hall 1A. The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.

Dr. Caplan is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at NYU Langone Medical Center.  He is also the co-founder and dean of research of the NYU Sports and Society Program and the head of the ethics program in the Global Institute for Public Health at NYU. 

Dr. Caplan is the author or editor of thirty-five books and more than 700 articles in peer-reviewed journals.  He is a regular commentator on bioethics and healthcare issues for WebMD/Medscape, WGBH radio in Boston, and WMNF public radio in Tampa. He appears frequently as a guest and commentator on various other national and international media outlets. 

Dr. Caplan is the recipient of many awards and honors, including seven honorary degrees, and was described as one of the ten most influential people in science by Discover magazine in 2008.  A fellow of the Hastings Center, the New York Academy of Medicine, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the American College of Legal Medicine, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Caplan was recently given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Refreshments will be served and a reception will follow the lecture.




About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.