By David Serchuk

Originally published in Insider Louisville, March 2015

Dr. Sander Florman is a leading surgeon in the world of organ transplants. The Louisville native will tell his story in the next program sponsored by Kentucky to the World (KTW), an organization that showcases commonwealth-connected people who have had major impacts on the global stage.

Florman graduated from the St. Francis School and the University of Louisville Medical School. He was born and raised in Louisville and is currently director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He is also the former director of the Transplant Institute at Tulane University in New Orleans, which he helped rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Sander’s program will take place on Thursday, March 12, and is called “Life-Saving Organ Transplants — Ethics, Politics & Technology.” It begins at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Henry Clay Building, 604 S. Third St., and there will be a reception at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Florman will not only talk about his journey from Louisville to these prestigious posts, but also share details about the world of organ transplants. One issue he plans to discuss is the huge gap between supply and demand for organs. For example, there are currently 120,000 people in the United States waiting for organs, but there are just 8,000 deceased donors. He’ll also tackle the highly charged ethical issues around selling organs.

KTW Founder Shelly Zegart said Florman’s Louisville background has helped propel him to the heights of his field. “He is a leading force in the transplant world and has always called Kentucky his home,” she said in a press release. “His story is just what Kentucky to the World wants to reveal with its programs.”

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