Ethical framework for penile transplantation surgery for trans-people

Gennaro Selvaggi

Sahlgrenska University Hospital, at Gothennburg University

Dr Selvaggi graduated as Medical Doctor and qualified as Plastic Surgeon, Cum Laude, at the Catholic University in Rome, Italy. He then completed a PhD in Gender Reassignment Surgery at the University of Ghent, Belgium. Dr Selvaggi graduated also with Distinction as MSc in Leadership and Managing in Healthcare Organisations at the Greenwich School of Management / Plymouth University (2011). Currently, Dr Selvaggi is Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Associate Professor, at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he is in charge of Gender Reassignment Surgery.He has presented more than 101 times in international meetings, has published 53 peer-reviewed articles in the field of Gender Surgery, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery, Experimental Surgery, and Ethics; he has written chapters in books of Gender Confirmation Surgery and Science and Ethics.Dr Selvaggi is now completing a MA in Bioethics from the School of Global Public Health at New York University.


Medical science has made tremendous advancements during the last decades. A milestone was the first report of successful transplantation of a solid organ, the kidney, which was later followed by successful transplantations of... [ view full abstract ]


To identify the main ethical issues that are likely to be associated with the development of PT for trans people, and eventually to develop prima facie ethical guidelines to allow this research, discussing, for example, body... [ view full abstract ]


Analysis of the ethical issues, and application of the Emmanuel’s et al. (2000) ethical requirements for research, on the feasibility of innovative PT surgery for trans people. Term paper for the MA in Bioethics, New York... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

1) There is no specific ethical issue that could be raised up in merit of body donation for anatomical study when developing PT for trans people. 2) I argue that many people might have different attitudes towards donation of... [ view full abstract ]


Emanuel et al. (2000) previously proposed a framework of seven clinical requirements for clinical research, as scientific and social value, scientific validity, fair subject selection, favorable risk-benefit ratio (I hereby... [ view full abstract ]


There is no ethical issue that would make research on PT unjustified in the specific subgroup of trans people. The same ethical framework guiding other non-life threatening transplantations (e.g. face and hands) can be adapted... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Gennaro Selvaggi (Sahlgrenska University Hospital, at Gothennburg University)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Surgery


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