Bioethics chair Stuart Youngner talks ethical issues with new organ transplant procedure

A struggle to define ‘death’ for organ donors

NPR: A new method of obtaining organs for transplant procedures is raising ethical questions, including whether the donor is technically “dead.” “You could say, well, they’re almost dead, or they’re close to dead or they’re dead enough,” said Stuart J. Youngner, the Susan E. Watson Professor of Bioethics and chair of the bioethics department. “But I don’t know if you could say with absolute certain there’s no function there and no function that could be brought back.”