Students traveling from Spain to collaborate with leading US organ procurement organization

Press Release from Nevada Donor Network


Las Vegas, February 19 —

Nevada Donor Network (NDN) is proud to welcome two medical school students from Barcelona, Spain for a three week internship program. The students, Karen Torres and Isabel Caicedo, are seeking an International Masters Degree in Donation and Transplantation of Organs, Tissue and Cells from the Universitat de Barcelona.

While in Las Vegas they will assist and learn from NDN’s teams during all aspects of the donation process; including donor referrals, clinical donor evaluation, brain death assessment, donor care and the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas intended for transplantation.

Leaders of the internship program were introduced to NDN during the 2015 Congress of the International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP) in Seoul, South Korea where they learned about the significant improvements NDN has made in recent years. Dr. Chloë Ballesté Delpierre, one of the program’s coordinators, says NDN is a great fit for the students because they can learn organ, tissue and ocular donation skills in one location from an organization with proven success. “The dynamic and proactive attitude of the organization and its members encourages us to embark on collaborative projects with them,” says Dr. Ballesté Delpierre.

NDN is a uniquely positioned location for the students to learn from because not all of the US Organ Procurement Organizations have an HLA testing laboratory, recover tissue and distribute corneas for transplantation. Joe Ferreira, President and CEO of NDN, says, “We are thrilled and honored to be selected by a prestigious international university for this internship program. The organ donation system in Spain is recognized as one of the most successful programs in the world so we look forward to learning from the students while we share our experience. Our recent success in organ recovery has also positioned us as one of the world leaders in the field of organ donation with remarkable growth in organ, tissue and ocular recovery which makes this a great collaboration.”