Federal Efforts to Improve the Organ Procurement System

  • David N. Sundwall
  • Linda D. Sheaffer


It is always a pleasure to be able to tell our side of the story when it comes to federal efforts to improve the organ procurement system. We believe the federal government has been treated rather unfairly by some members of Congress and in the media. We have been blamed for foot dragging in implementing the National Organ Transplant Act and even blamed for the death of very young children because donors were not found in time to save their lives. In the end, transplant patients, their families and the general public have been misled into believing that the organ procurement system is in total disarray and without continued direct federal involvement and intervention will come tumbling down around us.


Organ Transplantation Organ Donation Task Force Biliary Atresia National Organ 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • David N. Sundwall
    • 1
  • Linda D. Sheaffer
    • 2
  1. 1.U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesRockvilleUSA
  2. 2.Office of Organ Transplantation, Bureau of Resources DevelopmentHealth Resources and Services AdministrationRockvilleUSA

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