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A Death RetoldJesica Santillan, the Bungled Transplant, and Paradoxes of Medical Citizenship$
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Keith Wailoo, Julie Livingston, and Peter Guarnaccia

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830598

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877524_wailoo

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The Transplant Surgeon's Perspective on the Bungled Transplant

The Transplant Surgeon's Perspective on the Bungled Transplant

(p.70) The Transplant Surgeon's Perspective on the Bungled Transplant
A Death Retold

Thomas Diflo

University of North Carolina Press

Tom Diflo is a clinical transplant surgeon who has performed almost 1,000 kidney, liver, and pancreas transplants in the United States. In this chapter, Dr. Diflo provides insight on the complexities and crucial aspects of transplantation. The chapter describes the buying and selling of organs, or “transplant tourism”, particularly the problem of Americans stepping outside the system and going abroad to purchase organs in the black and gray markets of other countries. The root cause analysis on the Jessica Santillan case at Duke University Medical Center and the changes they implemented are also examined.

Keywords:   Tom Diflo, transplantation, organs, transplant tourism, Duke University Medical Center

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