Is Brain Death Risky? Bioethics Expert Explains

“Brain death,” or death determined by neurological criteria, is one way that doctors figure out if a patient has died. This is closely tied to organ donation, as the vast majority of vital organs come from brain dead donors.

In this interview with Dr. Joseph Meaney, President of the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), we address common questions about brain death. What does the Catholic Church teach about brain death? What is the medical standard for determining death? Are living people ever declared dead? And are these patients then killed to obtain vital organs for organ donation?

Find out the answers to these questions (and more!) by listening to today’s episode.

For more information, check out the National Catholic Bioethics Center website: The National Catholic Bioethics Center (

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