Pharmacy Students Promote Organ Donation

SJU pharmacy students partnered with the New York Organ Donor Network and New York-Presbyterian Hospital to raise awareness about organ donation: (back row, left to right) Jonathan Sin ’14Pharm.D.; Ruby Lee ’17Pharm.D.; Jennifer Miao ’14Pharm.D.; Zankhana Desai ’16Pharm.D.; Tania Naeem ’17Pharm.D.; Jomi Oommen ’17Pharm.D. (Front row, left to right): Christina Ng ’14Pharm.D.; Stephen Argiro ’14Pharm.D.; James Schurr ’14Pharm.D.; Nicole Nesselhauf and Alesa Courson, New York-Presbyterian PGYS pharmacy residents.
Monday, May 5, 2014

Raising on-campus awareness of a growing medical need, aspiring pharmacists from St. John’s University’s Student College of Clinical Pharmacy (SJU-SCCP) and Student Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy (SSHP) organized an organ donation drive on the Queens campus.

Held in partnership with the New York Organ Donor Network and New York- Presbyterian Hospital, the day-long effort educated students and faculty on the need for organ donations. Student pharmacists worked alongside transplant pharmacy residents from New York-Presbyterian, succeeded in signing up 87 new donors.   

Organ transplantation can dramatically change the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals, and the need for organ donations in the United States continues to grow. One organ donor can save up to eight lives, and the donation of tissue can help up to 50 individuals.  More than 119,000 people are currently waiting for organ transplants in the United States, but the need for donors is still greater than the number of organs available. Because there is a shortage of donors, thousands of patients will die each year waiting for a transplant.

We invite you to learn more about organ donations. If you would like to be an organ donor, register online at www.savelivesny.org (New York residents only) or www.donatelife.net (out-of-state residents). You can also register when you renew your driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicles.