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A Continuous Scoring Model for Fair Liver Transplant Allocation

Sun, November 19, 2:50 to 4:20pm, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Floor: Marquis Level, M104


The deceased-donor organ allocation system is going through a major overhaul in the United States. Going forward, all the organ allocation systems (including liver) will be based on a Continuous Distribution framework. We develop a novel analytical method to model the supply (deceased donors)-to-demand (waiting list patients) ratio at a transplant program. We integrate it into a set-partitioning optimization model to design an equitable allocation policy under the new policy framework. Using a simulation model, we illustrate the benefits of our model in achieving geographic equity over the current and other “one-size-fits-all” type policies.