Dr Sander (Sandy) Florman
Dr Sander (Sandy) Florman

“Life Saving Organ Transplants – Ethics, Politics & Technology” – March 12, 2015

Hear from one of the leading experts nationally and internationally in organ transplants – Dr. Sander (Sandy) Florman, a Louisville native and graduate of St. Francis School and University of Louisville Medical School. Dr. Florman will share the fascinating story of his journey from growing up in Louisville to rebuilding the transplant program in New Orleans post-Katrina to leading one of the most prominent transplant institutes in the world.  He’ll give an overview of the “ins and outs” of organ transplantation and donation in ways that everyone can understand.  He’ll also tackle pressing issues and misconceptions surrounding transplants today like the startling discrepancy between donors and those in need (120,000 people are waiting for life-saving organ transplants in the U.S. but there are only around 8,000 deceased donors) and issues surrounding the marketplace for human organs. Dr. Florman will share the success stories of transplant recipients who have gone on to lead fully productive lives, some as NBA players and Olympic medal winners, and participate in an interactive Q&A session following his talk.

More about Dr. Sander Florman

Dr. Florman, a graduate of St. Francis School and the University of Louisville Medical School, is a transplant surgeon and Director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Florman’s previous work as the Director of the Transplant Institute at Tulane University in New Orleans earned him recognition as one of New Orleans Magazine’s “People to Watch”. He was twice named “Health Care Hero” by New Orleans CityBusiness and was chosen as one of Gambit Weekly’s “40 Under 40.” He was recognized by Louisiana Life magazine as one of Louisiana’s “Top Doctors” and “Best Doctors” in 2007-2009. Florman is the author of nine book chapters and more than 75 publications.


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Laura UngarLaura Ungar is National/Regional Health Enterprise Reporter for USA Today, The Courier-Journal and Gannett. The University of Connecticut graduate has been a reporter since 1990, and began her current position in July 2014, after working as medical writer at the C-J for a decade. Previously, she covered health, education and features at The News Journal in Wilmington, Del., and a series of towns and cities at The Hartford Courant in Connecticut. She has won more than 30 national, regional and local awards and fellowships for her work from organizations such as Gannett Co. Inc., the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists and the International Center for Journalists. Major recent works include, among others, stories on the impact of high insurance deductibles on the middle class, the vulnerability of the nation’s rural hospitals, a several-year-long series of stories on drug abuse in Kentucky, a project on cervical cancer in India and a series of stories on a Louisville breast cancer patient whose dying wish is to and share her belief that beauty is not erased by illness. Ungar speaks to journalism classes in Kentucky, Indiana and India, and teaches a University of Kentucky class pairing local students and Indian students for joint story projects. She lives in Louisville with her husband and two children.

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