Transplant Ethics Masterclass

Transplant Ethics Masterclass

Event Details

May 31, 2023, 9am-3pm (Hybrid)
St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, Philippines
Registration opens February 28, 2023


This masterclass is designed for health professionals who are involved in living donation and transplantation. While the curriculum will focus on the example of kidney donation and transplantation, it will address ethical considerations relevant to living liver and haematopoietic stem cell donation and transplantation.

The curriculum was developed by Professor Dominique Martin of Deakin University (Australia) in collaboration with Associate Professor Pacifico Calderon of St Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine (Philippines) and Dr Benita Padilla of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (Philippines). The program will comprise a series of short lectures followed by Q&A with the audience, as well as facilitated case-based discussions among participants and an expert panel discussion.

Participants will have the option of joining the program in person at St Luke’s Medical Center Global City in Manila or via Zoom. Please note that synchronous participation is essential as there will be regular interactive sessions involving case based discussion. All participants will be provided with reading materials in preparation for the masterclass as well as additional materials for further reading following the event.


All health professionals (including physicians, surgeons, family medicine practitioners, nurses and allied health staff) and individuals who may be involved in health policy-making, administration or oversight of donation and transplantation activities are eligible to participate. No prior training or experience with ethics is required.

Core learning objectives

At the conclusion of the masterclass, participants will:

  • Be familiar with common ethical issues that may arise for health professionals in the context of living donation and transplantation.
  • Be able to explain and apply core ethical concepts and principles relevant to living donation and transplantation.
  • Be able to formulate well-reasoned solutions to ethical dilemmas in living donation and transplantation in collaboration with peers.

Themes covered

  • Foundations of transplant ethics
  • Controversies in transplant ethics
  • Strengthening ethical policy and practice in donation and transplantation

Faculty (TBC)

  • Prof Dominique Martin, Deakin University, Australia
  • A/Prof Pacifico Calderon, St Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine, Philippines
  • Dr Benita Padilla, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippines
  • Dr Emma Tumilty, University of Texas Medical Branch, USA
  • Prof Riadh Fadhil, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar




  • Introductions and messages
  • Overview

Foundations of transplant ethics

  • Organ donation and transplantation - ethically exceptional
  • Core principles and concepts of transplant ethics
  • Conflicts of interest in donation and transplantation
  • Q&A
  • Introduction to ethical analysis

Foundations of transplant ethics

  • Autonomy, consent and coercion in living donation
  • Q&A
  • Case discussion

Morning Tea

Foundations of transplant ethics

  • Evaluating risks and potential benefits of living donation and transplantation
  • Specific considerations in low-income settings
  • Q&A
  • Case discussion

Lunch Break

Controversies in transplant ethics

  • Organ markets
  • Transplant tourism
  • Q&A
  • Case discussion

Controversies in transplant ethics

  • Professional responsibilities for ethical practice
  • When colleagues are unprofessional
  • Reporting suspected violations of transplant ethics
  • Q&A
  • Case discussion

Strengthening ethical policy and practice in donation and transplantation

  • Strategies for education, research, policy making
  • Responding to ethical crises and dilemmas
  • Q&A

Afternoon tea

Panel discussion

  • Are meaningful ethical changes to practice possible?
  • Will stronger ethical policies increase or decrease transplant availability?
  • How do you change culture at the societal and professional levels?

Synthesis and conclusion