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Colby Foundation Endowed Lectureship educates OSU osteopathic medical students about organ donation and transplantation

TULSA, Okla. – Three speakers at the annual Colby Foundation Endowed Lectureship at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences will present personal and professional perspectives on organ donation and transplantation. The lectureship is at noon Friday, April 15, in Dunlap Auditorium on the OSU-CHS campus, 17th Street and Southwest Boulevard.

Harvard Medical School associate professor James Rodrigue, Ph.D., discusses the psychological issues of organ donation and transplantation. He also is director of the Center for Transplant Outcomes and Quality Improvement at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Stephanie Scott, a registered nurse and quality systems manager of organ recovery for LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma, presents transplantation donor and recipient information for physicians, discussing the procedures followed by the donor services organization in maintaining waiting lists and donor/recipient relations.

Starla Cassani tells her personal story and experience about the loss of her infant son, Colby Cassani, and the decision to donate his organs. She and her husband John Cassani, D.O., a family physician and a 1980 graduate of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, donated Colby’s organs, a decision resulting in life-saving and life-enhancing outcomes for several other children. They founded the Colby Foundation and the lectureship series to qualifying schools of medicine in order to educate medical students about the importance of organ donations and transplantation.

About The Colby Foundation
Colby Cassani died on June 8, 1993, at the age of 14 months. Though Colby’s time was brief, his legacy is far reaching in the gift of life he brought to others through the donation of his organs. John Cassani, Colby’s father, is a practicing family physician and graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The first Endowed Lectureship Series was introduced at OSU in 1997 and provided the spring board for future Colby Foundation activities. The Colby Cassani Endowed Lectureship Series strives to educate future physicians about this important topic. We place emphasis on the facts about organ and tissue donation and the role that physicians and future physicians have in educating the public. www.colbyfoundation.org ### Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer eight graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates eight clinics, six in Tulsa, one in Enid and one in Muskogee. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu. CREATE - INNOVATE - EDUCATE - GO STATE!