Speaker – Debra Budiani-Saberi, Ph.D

Debra Budiani

Debra Budiani-Saberi, Ph.D. is a Medical Anthropologist, the Executive Director and Founder of the Coalition for Organ-Failure Solutions and Visiting Research Associate Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

She has conducted extensive research related to organ trafficking beginning in 1999 as a part of her study on refugee health. Her work has included an analysis of key stakeholders and actors involved in the organ trade including victims, recipients, medical professionals, religious clerics, laboratories, and the state. She has conducted extensive follow-up studies on health, economic, social and psychological consequences and, with the COFS team, established COFS prevention and outreach programs. She has provided consultation on organ trafficking to the World Health Organization, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and has worked in alliance with various medical and civil society organizations to combat the organ trade. She has been an invited lecturer in numerous universities in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, has published in medical and social science journals and appeared on numerous radio and television programs including the Wall Street Journal, CBS, Bloomberg News, British Medical Journal News, and China Public Radio.

Dr. Budiani-Saberi has also worked more broadly on health and human rights in various parts of the Middle East and Northeast Africa (Egypt, Eritrea, Morocco, Somalia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates) as well as in India.