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Monday, March 18, 2024 —The disparity between Native American liver disease and transplants

If the rates were equal among races, at least a thousand more Native Americans would have received life-saving liver transplants over a four-year period. An investigation by the Washington Post and The Markup shows Native Americans have the highest rate of death from liver disease, but the lowest representation on the waitlist for transplants. We’ll discuss the discrepancies and what’s being done to connect Native Americans with transplants.


Dr. Loretta Christensen (Navajo), chief medical officer for the Indian Health Service

Silena Thomas (Diné), patient navigator with the Mayo Clinic

Dr. Erin Maynarddivision head of abdominal organ transplant at Oregon Health and Science University and the surgical director of the liver transplant program at the Portland VA