Facebook Starting Organ Donation Dialogue Among Gen Y

LinkedInTumblrDeliciousRedditEmailPrintShare/Bookmark

Dr. Andrew Cameron, Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Andrew Cameron, Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is currently researching drug free transplantation “tolerance” via mobilization of stem cells. Last year, he received the Johns Hopkins Medical Student Teaching Award in Surgery as well as was named to Baltimore’s Best Doctors List by Baltimore Magazine. A graduate of Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Science and History, Dr. Cameron received his medical degree and Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

There are more than 114,000 people on the national transplant waiting list, and, on average, 18 of them will die every day waiting for an organ. The cause got a boost, however, in early May when Facebook announced that the site would now include donor designations in its biographical information. How did this come about and what are the implications for organ donation down the line?

Dr. Cameron joins Keeping Up with Gen Y to talk about how the Facebook initiative hopes to create awareness and communication about organ donation among Gen Y. He also points out that, even though Gen Y have long lives to live, proactively declaring at a young age your intent to be an organ donor tells family and friends how you want to help others when your time comes.