April 16, 2020


Fifty kids in Canada are waitlisted for a new heart each year. Of those, 30 to 35 will get one. Others continue waiting. But SickKids surgeon Dr. Osami Honjo thinks he has a solution. A way to expand the donor pool by keeping hearts beating outside the body. He calls it the Heart in a Box.


Annabeth is dressed up as her favourite surgeon, Dr. Honjo
Annabeth, sister Gunievere, and parents, Raven and Cameron


Scientific Contributors

  • Dr. Junko Kobayashi, MD, PhD
  • Dr. Shuhua Luo, MD, PD
  • Dr. Yohei Akazawa, MD, PhD
  • Marlee Parker, CPC, CCP
  • Jian Wang, CPC, CCP
  • Dr. David Chiasson, MD
  • Dr. Mark K. Friedberg, MD
  • Dr. Christopher Haller, MD
  • Dr. Osami Honjo, MD


Generous Donors

  • James H. Cummings Foundation
  • Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research
  • Hospital for Sick Children Department of Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Watson Family


Transcript & Show Notes

Watch the Organ Care System's "Heart in a Box" in action
Read about the impact of the "Heart in a Box" for adults
How Ontario organ donations increased after change in policy




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About the Host: Hannah Bank

As a SickKids Foundation writer, Hannah works closely with world-renowned SickKids scientists, physicians, and researchers, turning dense medical jargon into engaging content about the latest research and treatments for kids. She’s inspired by the hope and perseverance of young patients and their families, a fantastic team of colleagues, and her three young girls at home.

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