The Gift of Live Organ Donation

Dr. Stuart Knechtle and Margaret Frothingham discuss the gift of live organ donation, and Margaret shares about her own experience donating a kidney to a family member in need.



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Dr. Stuart Knechtle is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine, and Executive Director of the Duke Transplant Center. He is an abdominal transplant surgeon and directs a laboratory of transplant immunology that has been continuously funded by the NIH for over 30 years. He is co-editor of Principles of Kidney Transplantation and has authored over 500 publications in the medical literature. He and his wife, Mary Banks Anderson Knechtle, are members of Blacknall Presbyterian Church, and they have three sons and five grandchildren.


Margaret Frothingham has worked as a nurse in areas of pediatrics, home hospice, rural community health in Haiti, oncology and even at a summer camp. She is trained as a spiritual director and ordained as an elder in her church. She consistently combines her interests in health and theology, and in 2005, she completed a master’s in church ministry at Duke Divinity. This led to a role as Director of Congregational Care in her church for 15 years. After retirement, she returned to Duke to give vaccines, and now she is starting her first year assisting with the Spiritual Formation class as part of the Theology, Medicine and Culture program at Duke Divinity School. She has the most fun when walking the Duke Forest trails, gardening and loving our three grandchildren.


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