Dr. Adel Bozorgzadeh, chief of organ transplantation at UMass Memorial medical center, says demand for organ donations far outweighs the supply.
It's a challenge he and his team face every day at the Worcester hospital.
“There is no other action that would poteionally save as many lives as the act of being an organ donor,” he says.
Dr. Bozogzadeh says under the best circumstances a single donor can save as many as eight lives.
According to the New England organ bank, there are more than 112,000 people waiting for organs and nearly 20 die on waiting lists each day.
“These are operations that would essentially provide quality years of life for patients in need of those organs,” he says.