Rule change for organ transplants sets off dispute

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A pending change in the distribution of organs donated for transplant has touched off a dispute between the leading transplant center in Memphis and a nonprofit group that finds donors of kidneys, livers and pancreases.

The UT-Memphis Transplant Institute and the Mid-South Transplant Foundation are at odds over a federal decision governing how organs are shared.

Under new rules, Memphis would move from a donor service area covering all of Tennessee to a less populous area covering portions of West Tennessee, East Arkansas and North Mississippi.

Methodist University Hospital CEO Kevin Spiegel told The Commercial Appeal the foundation should merge with a similar organization in Nashville to create a larger donor base.

Foundation executive director Kim Van Frank said Memphis transplant patients will not be at a disadvantage


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 151133405 - local8now.com/a?a=151133405
Gray Television, Inc.