Current opinions in organ allocation

Marie Achille, Gaurav Agarwal, Martin Albert, Cristiano Amarelli, David A. Baran, Christopher Blosser, Kim Brown, John Bucuvalas, Catherine R. Butler, J. C. Caicedo, Tim Caulfield, Linda C. Cendales, Steve Chadban, Matthew Cooper, Pranav Dalal, Gabriel Danovitch, Rowena Delos Santos, Ryan A. Denu, Deepika Devuni, David P. FoleyRichard N. Formica, John Forsythe, Marie Chantal Fortin, Bethany J. Foster, Kevin J. Fowler, John Friedewald, Barry Friedman, Sommer Gentry, John S. Gill, Jagbir Gill, Alexandra Glazier, David Goldberg, Justyna E. Gołębiewska, Elisa J. Gordon, Melissa A. Greenwald, Jed Adam Gross, Karim J. Halazun, Laura Hammel, Rebecca A. Hays, Julie Heimbach, Benjamin Hippen, Evelyn K. Hsu, S. Ali Husain, Caroline C. Jadlowiec, Anthony Jevnikar, Gaganpreet Jhajj, Maryl Johnson, Malek Kamoun, Siddhartha G. Kapnadak, Seth J. Karp, Liise Kayler, Kiran K. Khush, Milan Kinkhabwala, Sanjay Kulkarni, Vivek Kute, Allison J. Kwong, G. Michael La Muraglia, Jennifer C. Lai, Jacob Lavee, Krista Lentine, Josh Levitsky, Raymond Lynch, Mitra Mahdavi-Mazdeh, Anna Manonelles, Magnus Jayaraj Mansard, Amit K. Mathur, Caitriona McEvoy, Christine M. McIntosh, Sumit Mohan, Elmi Muller, Michael S. Mulvihill, Ken Newell, Jackie Ogdon, Jeffrey Orlowski, Sandesh Parajuli, Jignesh K. Patel, Rachel Patzer, Margarita Peradejordi, Axel Rahmel, Leo Riella, Garrett R. Roll, Suzanne F. Ruff, Undine Samuel, Deirdre Sawinski, Randolph L. Schaffer, Lana Schmidt, Jesse Schold, Ashton A. Shaffer, Rushi A. Shah, Pratima Sharma, Saed Shawar, Amany Sholkamy, Jon Snyder, Kim Solez, Rebecca A. Sosa, Josef Stehlik, Stuart Sweet, Timucin Taner, Alvin G. Thomas, Darin Treleaven, Angela C. Webster, Shawn C. West, Scott G. Westphal, David M. White, Piotr Witkowski, David Wojciechowski, E. Steve Woodle, Julie M. Yabu

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Existing methods of academic publication provide limited opportunity to obtain stakeholder input on issues of broad interest. This article reports the results of an experiment to produce a collaborative, crowdsourced article examining a current controversial issue in transplant medicine (hereby referred to as the “C4 Article”). The editorial team as a whole selected the topic of organ allocation, then divided into six sections, each supported by an individual editorial team. Widely promoted by the American Journal of Transplantation, the C4 Article was open for public comment for 1 month. The nonblinded editorial teams reviewed the contributions daily and interacted with contributors in near–real time to clarify and expand on the content received. Draft summaries of each section were posted and subsequently revised as new contributions were received. One hundred ninety-four individuals viewed the manuscript, and 107 individuals contributed to the manuscript during the submission period. The article engaged the international transplant community in producing a contemporary delineation of issues of agreement and controversy related to organ allocation and identified opportunities for new policy development. This initial experience successfully demonstrated the potential of a crowdsourced academic manuscript to advance a broad-based understanding of a complex issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2625-2634
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesP01AI120944
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation


    • disparities
    • donors and donation
    • editorial/personal viewpoint
    • organ transplantation in general
    • waitlist management


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