Brain Death Primer

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Event Dates: 
May 23, 2018 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Presentation 2

Presentation Summary:

Death may be declared by cardiac criteria as well as by neurologic criteria. We examine historical and legal perspectives surrounding the subject of brain death. Causes of brain injuries are discussed. Recommendations from the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Pediatrics are discussed and compared. This includes discussion of a neurologic exam designed to determine the diagnosis of brain death. Also discussed are ancillary tests that are used to support the diagnosis of brain death.

Dr. Wood

Dr. Wood

Dr. Wood was recruited to establish a liver transplant program at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital and Hermann Children's Hospital as well as multiple additional programs. Dr. Wood joined LifeGift as a regional medical director in 1991 and has served on the LifeGift Board of Directors for the past decade. In addition to being a former president of the Texas Transplant Society, he served on a number of UNOS committees.

After completing his undergraduate degree he attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Wood completed a five-year surgical residency at New York University Medical Center and was the executive chief resident in his final year. He completed a one-year transplant fellowship under Dr. Thomas Starzl at the University of Pittsburgh. He then joined Dr. Shaw and helped establish the transplant programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He spent five-and-a-half years in Nebraska and was a professor of surgery when he was recruited to come to the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital in Houston. He was a professor of surgery at the University of Texas and I established an adult and pediatric liver transplant program at Hermann Hospital, an adult liver transplant program at St Luke’s Hospital, and a pediatric liver transplant program at Texas Children’s Hospital. In 2006, Dr. Wood stopped doing liver transplants and concentrated on private practice group, Transplantation and General Surgery Associates, performing complex hepatobiliary surgery as well as routine general surgery.

Dr. Wood worked with the Nebraska Organ Retrieval System as a medical director throughout his time in Nebraska and joined LifeGift as an associate medical director in 1991. His involvement in LifeGift increased over the years as the number of medical directors was reduced from 8 to 2 and I became the Chief medical officer 3 years ago and joined LifeGift as the full time chief medical officer in January of 2015.

Brain Death Primer

Speaker: Dr. Patrick Wood, M.D., F.A.C.S., CTBS​
Day: May 23, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST