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August 31, 1998

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Assistant U.S. Surgeon General Honors Living Organ Donors at Hopkins at August 31 Ceremony

Kenneth Moritsugu, M.D., M.P.H., assistant surgeon general of the United States whose wife's and daughter's deaths in separate auto accidents influenced his work as an organ donor advocate, will honor people who have donated organs at Johns Hopkins during a ceremony Monday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m.

About 250 people are expected at the ceremony, in which Moritsugu, also medical director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons of the U.S. Department of Justice, will present "Gift of Life" certificates to 65 living organ donors. The ceremony will be held in the lobby of the Houck Building, 600 N. Wolfe St.

Moritsugu's wife was killed in 1992, and his adult daughter in 1996. Organs from both women were donated, and Moritsugu knows of 13 people alive today as a result.

Hopkins kidney transplant surgeons Lloyd Ratner, M.D., and Louis Kavoussi, M.D., also will speak on the benefits of receiving organs from live donors, focusing on the laparascopic procedure for kidney donation that they pioneered in 1995.

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