Allegheny County Chief Medical Examiner Karl E. Williams Honored for His Commitment to Fighting Liver Disease
The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), a federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) serving Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and parts of New York, is pleased to recognize Allegheny County Chief Medical Examiner Karl E. Williams as a recipient of the 2012 Tribute to Excellence Awards, which is presented by the American Liver Association’s Pittsburgh chapter. Following CORE’s nomination, Williams will be recognized alongside the other award recipients at the annual awards ceremony luncheon on Friday, March 2 at the Fairmont Pittsburgh (510 Market Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) for his commitment to going above and beyond in the fight against liver disease.
“Dr. Williams has made a significant contribution to the overall health and well-being of Allegheny County, including those with liver disease,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE. “With his support, CORE has been able to save even more lives through organ donation. We are delighted that he was chosen as one of the recipients of this year’s Tribute to Excellence Awards.”
In his five years as chief medical examiner, Williams has worked to educate transplant surgeons on preserving evidence while still allowing organ donation to take place. CORE’s work with the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office has served as a model for the collaboration between medical fields that range from organ procurement organizations, donor hospitals, transplant centers and medical examiners.
Nationally, more than 110,000 people are awaiting an organ transplant. At least 18 will die each day without receiving one, including two from CORE’s service area. For every person who donates their organs, tissues and corneas, up to 50 lives can be saved or dramatically improved.
The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. CORE works closely with donor families and designated health care professionals to coordinate the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs and placement of corneas. With headquarters in Pittsburgh and an office in Charleston, West Virginia, CORE oversees a region that encompasses 155 hospitals and almost six million people throughout western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Chemung County, NY. For more information, visit www.core.org or call 1-800-DONORS-7.