Paul A. Byrne, M.D. column
Dr. Paul A. Byrne is a Board Certified Neonatologist and Pediatrician. He is the Founder of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. He is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of Toledo, College of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.

Dr. Byrne is past-President of the Catholic Medical Association (USA), formerly Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO and Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He was Professor of Pediatrics and Chairman of the Pediatric Department at Oral Roberts University School of Medicine and Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the City of Faith Medical and Research Center in Tulsa, OK. He is author and producer of the film "Continuum of Life" and author of the books "Life, Life Support and Death," "Beyond Brain Death," and "Is 'Brain Death' True Death?"

Dr. Byrne has presented testimony on "life issues" to nine state legislatures beginning in 1967. He opposed Dr. Kevorkian on the television program "Cross-Fire." He has been interviewed on Good Morning America, public television in Japan and participated in the British Broadcasting Corporation Documentary "Are the Donors Really Dead?" Dr. Byrne has authored articles against euthanasia, abortion, and "brain death" in medical journals, law literature and lay press.

Paul was married to Shirley for forty-eight years until she entered her eternal reward on Christmas 2005. They are the proud parents of twelve children, grandparents of thirty-one grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.


Jahi McMath--accepting her life
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
March 18, 2014

[The following Response to "Jahi McMath and Determining Death," Ethics and Medics 39(3) March 2014, was submitted to National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) . . .


For the love of Jahi, the living testimony of Nailah Winkfield
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
February 7, 2014

Nailah Winkfield's daughter, thirteen year-old Jahi McMath, suffered from pediatric sleep apnea. On December 9, 2013 Jahi was admitted into Children's . . .


Jahi McMath, can you move?
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
February 1, 2014

A video recording of an ice cube touched to the foot of Jahi McMath has been distributed. Someone, perhaps Jahi's mother, says, "I don't understand how a 'brain . . .


Jahi McMath's functioning hypothalamus: some social and scientific considerations
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
January 18, 2014

Whatever may be our impressions or biases about the Jahi McMath "brain-death" matter, we ought to consider certain responsibilities that come with exploring or . . .


Jahi McMath is a living person
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
January 14, 2014

Jahi is a living person and has been a living person on earth since her conception within her mother. Jahi's heart is beating 100,000 times a day, a rate . . .


Jahi is not truly dead, Wesley Smith
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
December 24, 2013

Wesley Smith wrote about Jahi McMath, a patient in Oakland Children's hospital: "In Jahi's case, brain dead actually means a declaration of "death by . . .


Execution in a New York hospital
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
October 29, 2013

Michael, 60 years old, had just finished eating. Michael and his family were watching television when Michael suddenly slumped and fell to the floor. His family . . .


Think you don't need an organ donor opt-out card? Think again -- the Burns case
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
July 11, 2013

Very few people look forward to going to the doctor. Even fewer look forward to being a patient in a hospital. Some people have an irrational fear of hospitals . . .


Cord blood--who owns it?
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
March 5, 2013

Introduction Umbilical cord blood belongs to the baby not only before birth but also immediately after birth. The baby is NOT to be depleted of this blood . . .


A living human person on earth until true death
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
February 11, 2013

Fr. Peter Fehlner, F.I. and Dr. Paul Byrne have studied extensively the teachings of the Catholic Church. Basic biology, physiology and pathology indicate a . . .


Catholic teaching on death and organ transplantation
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
February 7, 2013

Catholic morality is expected to be good for not only Catholics but also many others. Pope Benedict XVI instructed morally on organ transplantation on November  . . .


Liberty is necessary
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
February 2, 2013

Liberty to protect and preserve life is negated if the ability to defend (gun laws) and the ability to take care of our own health (Decisions by Committee) is . . .


Do you really want to be an organ donor?
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
January 8, 2013

Life on earth continues until true death. Prior to the desire to get organs for transplantation, no one was declared dead with a beating heart, circulation, or . . .


Why are Pastoral Care Workers ignorant of the realities of "brain death"?
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
February 16, 2012

Introduction Pastoral Care Workers are dedicated to caring for patients in hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities. Pastoral Care Workers include not . . .


Vital organ transplantation--not truly dead
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
August 18, 2011

The August 29, 2000, Address of Blessed John Paul II is often quoted by those in support of obtaining vital organs for transplantation, but other statements by . . .


Do your organs belong to the government?
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
January 21, 2011

Recent news reports of responses in persons declared "brain dead" should have alerted everyone that "brain death" is not true death. These observed responses . . .


End of life planning--the Blumenaurer way
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
January 4, 2011

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D. Oregon) has a strong agenda to encourage early death for United States citizens. Oregon was the first state to legalized physician . . .


Death starts when life has ended!
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
January 26, 2010

The demarcation between harvesting transplantable organs from truly dead donors and from those "who are not dead but dying" is becoming more and more blurred as . . .


Bioethics experts challenge the 'Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (2006)'
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
April 14, 2009

The following letter to the editor by three bioethics experts was recently submitted to Critical Care Medicine. We agree with Iltis et al. that the . . .


Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act 2006: is it unconstitutional involuntary servitude?
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
December 10, 2008

The Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act 2006 has been passed in 35 states. Study of this Bill resulted in my presenting testimony in opposition at the Health, . . .


The demise of "brain death"
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
September 8, 2008

We are bombarded with propaganda that encourages organ donation. For an organ to be suitable for transplantation it must be taken from a living . . .


Excision of vital organs is imposed death (epivalothanasia)
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
July 9, 2008

Recently it was reported in the National Catholic Register that Dr. Francis L. Delmonico, Organ transplant coordinator for the New England states visited the . . .


"Brain death"--enemy of life and truth
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
June 25, 2008

Pope John Paul II's August 29, 2000, address to the International Congress of the Transplantation Society has awakened renewed interest in the ongoing . . .


More on conception
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
June 22, 2008

It appears as though Professor Dianne Irving did not read my entire article. Words, like conception, have definition and meaning. The roots of words never . . .


Person on earth begins at conception
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
June 16, 2008

A proposed amendment to the state constitution of Colorado states, "The terms 'person' or 'persons' shall include any human being from the moment of . . .


Help! Organs taken from living people!
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
June 4, 2008

Recent news reports of responses in persons declared "brain dead" should have alerted everyone that "brain death" is not true death. In at least two cases, the . . .


Vital organ donation
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
August 8, 2007

You've probably seen TV commercials, billboards, and magazine articles encouraging you to give the "gift of life" through vital organ donation. It saves lives. . . .


Vital distinctions in transplantation
Paul A. Byrne, M.D.
July 9, 2007

Organ and tissue donation can be divided into four general categories: (1) A living person can give nonvital organs and tissues to another person without . . .


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