The Organ Shortage: What We Can do to Increase Organ Donation in Canada

By Molly Friesen and Katarina Zorcic In Canada and other developed countries, organ donation rates have been relatively low. Despite national efforts, “supply has not kept pace with demand” (Caplan, 2016). Compared to other countries like Spain and the US, Canada’s organ donation rate is low. In 2019, the country’s deceased organ donor rate was … Continue reading The Organ Shortage: What We Can do to Increase Organ Donation in Canada

Disparities in Organ Donation Rates Among Different Demographic Groups in Canada

By Jenny Kang and Katarina Zorcic 91% of organ donors in Canada are Caucasian, even though this demographic only consists of 81% of the population (Li et al., 2015). Canada is home to a diverse population, with 22.3% belonging to a minority group. Of this subpopulation, most people belong to the East Asian, South Asian, … Continue reading Disparities in Organ Donation Rates Among Different Demographic Groups in Canada

Dr. Vivian McAlister – Transplant Surgeon, Canadian Armed Forces Combat Surgeon, and Professor

Interviewed by Katarina Zorcic and Shreya Sharma Could you please introduce yourself to our audience and tell us about what you do? Dr. McAlister: Vivian McAllister is my name. I'm a surgeon at [London’s] University Hospital. My special interest is in transplantation. I do liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantations. I'm also a professor at the … Continue reading Dr. Vivian McAlister – Transplant Surgeon, Canadian Armed Forces Combat Surgeon, and Professor

Dr. Marcelo Cypel – Surgical Director of the Ajmera Transplant Centre, Thoracic and Lung Transplant Surgeon

Interviewed by Katarina Zorcic, Jenny Kang, and Ashwin Sritharan Could you briefly introduce yourself to our audience and tell us a little bit about what you do? Dr. Cypel: I am the surgical director of the Ajmera Transplant Centre and I am a thoracic surgeon and lung transplant surgeon. My daily life [revolves around] doing … Continue reading Dr. Marcelo Cypel – Surgical Director of the Ajmera Transplant Centre, Thoracic and Lung Transplant Surgeon

Kidney Donations and Pregnancy

By Shreya Sharma and Katarina Zorcic Normal Kidney Function & Living Kidney Donations The kidneys are responsible for regulating the blood by removing waste and controlling salt and fluid levels in the body. However, certain diseases can cause end-stage kidney disease when the kidneys are nearing the end of their functioning. The most common illnesses … Continue reading Kidney Donations and Pregnancy

Dr. Scott Livingstone – Surgical Director and Liver Transplant Recipient

Interviewed by Gina So Dr. Scott Livingstone is a liver transplant surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He specializes in multi-organ transplants, hepatobiliary surgeries and general surgeries. When he was 14, Dr. Livingstone was diagnosed with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency which resulted in him requiring two liver transplants.  He … Continue reading Dr. Scott Livingstone – Surgical Director and Liver Transplant Recipient

Debunking Six Common Organ Donation Myths

By Noah Varghese and Simi Juriasingani Over the past few decades, awareness about the impact of organ donation and transplantation has risen thanks to the media and advancements in transplantation research. However, certain pervasive misconceptions about organ donation still persist and, in this piece, we want to shed light on six myths that are brought … Continue reading Debunking Six Common Organ Donation Myths

Greg Wilkinson – Liver and Kidney Transplant Recipient (Part 2)

Interviewed by Simi Juriasingani, Ariana Walji, Kaitlyn Foster, Molly Friesen Greg Wilkinson was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in his mid-20s. Thirty-five years later, in 2015, he began the process of being worked up for a kidney transplant and it was discovered that he would need a liver transplant as well.  Since his surgery in … Continue reading Greg Wilkinson – Liver and Kidney Transplant Recipient (Part 2)

Lesley Latchford – Kidney Donor (Part 2)

Interviewed by Simi Juriasingani, Noah Varghese and Katarina Zorcic  Lesley Latchford’s father was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2003. By 2012, it was clear that he would need a transplant eventually. Lesley donated one of her kidneys to her father in February 2017. We recently had the opportunity to speak with her about her … Continue reading Lesley Latchford – Kidney Donor (Part 2)