Dr. Raymond Pollak, MD, General Surgeon, Hippocrates Consulting, Skokie, IL
Dr. Raymond Pollak, M.D., General Surgeon at Hippocrates Consulting in Skokie, will speak on the topic, Cross Cultural Ethical and Religious Concerns with the Concepts of Brain Death and Organ Donation. This presentation will discuss the modern understanding of brain death and its connections to the biblical definition of life and death. The cross cultural concepts of life and death will also be explored. This discussion will segue into the clinical arena of organ donation and transplantation, the “shortage of organs in the face of plenty,” and the influences of societal mores, culture and ethnicity.
Dr. Pollak has had a distinguished academic and clinical career. A native of the Republic of South Africa, he graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, then completed his residency training at the University of Illinois in Chicago. After 28 years at U of I's abdominal transplant program, he was recruited to lead a new clinical trials program at Edward Hospital in Naperville. In 2008, he established Hippocrates Consulting, a practice that focuses on patient advocacy, second opinions and medico-legal work. Dr. Pollak has published over 150 scholarly works in the field of transplantation and has been the recipient of substantial funding from the National Institutes of Health.