Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew
For #NationalMinorityDonorAwarenessMonth we are asking health professionals within the transplant community about the importance of organ donation in minority communities. We sat down with Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, an OB/GYN at Allegheny Health Network, who gave us great insight into the importance of organ donors in her profession:
• What role do you play when it comes to caring for patients who are in need of an organ and tissue donation?
As an OB/GYN, it is important that my patients who are in need of tissue or organ transplants are well informed of their options, risks, and benefits. I ensure that they have a primary care provider that will give them comprehensive care, including understanding the challenges and opportunities they may have as a potential donor or recipient. It is important that all physicians involved in their care are partners.
• Why do you think it’s important for Pennsylvanians to register to be organ donors?
As it specifically relates to minorities, there are more minority donors than there are recipients. Understanding these challenges will hopefully encourage all potential donors to register for this life-saving, life-giving opportunity.
• Why is it even more important in diverse communities?
In many minority communities, being an organ donor is not something that is discussed or even considered based on social, community, or religious practices. In spite of this knowledge, there are more minorities who donate organs and tissue than received. Knowledge of this opportunity is the key to making sure equity is practiced in communities of color and disenfranchised communities.
Thank you, Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew, for your dedication to the transplant community and advocacy for minority donors.
Register today to be an organ donor and your story goes on and on.