UPDATE (June 9):

The White House will host an Organ Summit. At the summit, the administration and private entities will announce a new set of actions that will build on the administration’s previous accomplishments to improve outcomes for individuals waiting for organ transplants and improve support for living donors. This event will be webcast live at www.whitehouse.gov/live. The event will take place Monday, June 13, from 10:30 am-12:30 pm EDT.


Senior officials in President Obama’s administration will collaborate the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to host a summit at the White House to highlight the role of innovation in organ donation and transplantation, discuss the obstacles to  increasing organ donation, and create commitments to overcome them, the White House announced in its blog.  A date for the summit has not been announced.

“We recommit to supporting the researchers, innovators, advocates, and medical professionals working to reduce the number of people awaiting vital organ transplants,” Obama said in a statement.