This video session will discuss the global ramifications of state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting in China where the primary source of organs are Falun Gong prisoners of conscience.

The failure of ethical oversight by medical societies and governments in any country is a violation of, and a threat to, international medical ethics worldwide. Organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience is a debased violation of medical ethics. The medical profession betrays its guiding principles and vows by choosing expediency and financial gain over serving the best interest of both patients and the victims who are killed so that the patient may live. Every medical doctor in the world must make a personal choice at the crossroads of atrocity and ethics.
  • Opening remarks Dr. Torsten Trey
  • Speakers
  • Q&A
Torsten Trey, MD, PhD
Executive Director, DAFOH
Dr. Trey is a researcher, author, and expert in the area of forced organ harvesting. He is the founder (2006) and Executive Director of the Washington DC based NGO, Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, DAFOH.
The NGO was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 and 2017, and the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice in 2019.
Shi-wei Huang, MD, PhD
Director of Urology, National Taiwan University Hospital Yunlin Branch
Vice-Chairman of Taiwan Association for International Care of Organ Transplants (TAICOT), Director of Department of Urology, National Taiwan University Hospital Yunlin Branch, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of School of Medicine, National Taiwan University.
In 2006, he established TAICOT with a group of like-minded Taiwanese doctors concerned about the organ transplant abuse in China. He had interviewed many Taiwanese patients, brokers, and transplant surgeons. He has long been concerned about the live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and political prisoners of conscience by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and about the violation of transplant ethics by Chinese doctors under the CCP. He has been committed to preventing illegal organ harvesting and transplant abuse in Asia and beyond for over 15 years.
Huige Li, MD, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology, University Medical Centre Mainz
Huige Li is professor and deputy director of Department of Pharmacology at the University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany. Huige Li is also a member of the Advisory Board of DAFOH (Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting) and a co-author of the 2018 report of the China Organ Harvest Research Center (COHRC).
He has spoken on this issue at the European Parliament and parliaments of European countries and published articles on transplant abuse in China in The Lancet, British Medical Journal, BMC Medical Ethics, and Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics.
Kathleen Thimsen DNP, ET/WOCN, FNS
Assoc. Prof., Prog. Dir., Doctorate of Nursing Practice, UNLV
Dr. Kathleen Thimsen received a post- Masters certificate from Johns Hopkins University and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Regis University. An awarded expert speaker and author on forensic nursing, education, wound care, and community health, she is a member and consultant with national nursing boards and co-founder of the Academy of Forensic Nursing and the Forensic Nursing Certification Board.
G. Weldon Gilcrease, MD
Director of Oncology, Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine
Assistant professor of medicine at the University of Utah. Dr. Gilcrease is the medical director of the Huntsman Cancer Hospital and the program director for the hematology/oncology fellowship. He has won numerous teaching awards and is a member of AOA, the medical honors society, as recognition for his tireless devotion to medical education.
Dr. Gilcrease has worked as deputy director for Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting for 5 years. He has spoken at academic centers across the country on behalf of DAFOH, contributed to legislation in efforts to stop forced organ harvesting, and continues to raise awareness about the worst medical ethics abuse in recent history.
Raymond Scalettar, MD, DSc
Professor Emeritus, GWU Medical Center, Former AMA Chair
Raymond Scalettar is recognized as a Master of the American College of Rheumatology and served as a clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University Medical Center.
He was in private practice for over 50 years. During his long and distinguished career, Dr. Scalettar also served as board chair for the American Medical Association. He is widely published, appeared on television and radio programs, and testified before Congress.
David Beyda, MD, PhD
Chair, Dept. of Bioethics and Medical Humanism, University of Arizona
David Beyda is the founder and medical director of Medical Mercy, with the non-profit advocacy group, One Child Matters, serving thousands of disadvantage youth in five regions. Since 2004, he has made more than 55 medical trips to third world countries serving underprivileged children. Dr. Beyda is also a bush pilot physician, bringing medical teams to isolated areas of Africa and Cambodia. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, he received the Humanitarian Award, from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Declan Lyons MD, PhD, MSc, MRCP
Prof. of Psychiatry, Trinity College, Dublin
Dr Declan Lyons PhD, MSc, MRCP (UK) MRCPsych is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Old Age and General Adult Psychiatry at St. Patrick's Mental Health Services in Dublin, Ireland. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin.
His clinical and research interests include ethical issues as they impinge on psychiatric practice, medical education, patient psychoeducation and psychological rehabilitation of older adults. He is a Director of Aware, Ireland's National mood disorders charity and Irish representative of Doctor's against Forced Organ Harvesting.
Sophia Bryskine
Sophia Bryskine is an optometrist and primary healthcare practitioner in Sydney, and a senior researcher in Australia for Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, DAFOH.
A key liaison officer for government and media efforts on the topic of forced organ removal from prisoners of conscience in China, she is an advocate for ethical transplantation practices within the medical community.
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