Robert Scanlan is the grateful recipient of three organ transplants: a liver in 1998 and another liver plus a kidney in 2008. He is the author of the highly acclaimed true memoir Tigers Under My Bed: Life Lessons Tamed During Three Organ Transplants.
Prior to transplant, Robert founded with Nobel Laureate Dr. Milton Friedman the nations’ first non-bank to fund Small Business Administration loans. This innovation has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Robert later formed another lending company to personally fund over 200 small businesses.
While he managed investment portfolios for wealthy individuals, Robert’s liver failed without warning. He received a transplant in two weeks, and returned home six months later having lost everything. He spent years creating a new successful career, and a new personal life. Ten years later the new liver failed, and Robert received another liver and a kidney. He has received numerous accolades and awards from One Legacy in Los Angeles, from Donor Network of Arizona in Phoenix, and from United Blood Services in Phoenix.
Robert is a professional inspirational speaker. He has addressed thousands, often in participation with Donate Life, The American Kidney Association, The National Liver Foundation, United Blood Services, and Prime Care Hospice to deliver their message to the general public and professional groups. Currently he lectures to social worker classes in post graduate studies at the University of Southern California. His book is reference material for students at USC, and is used at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center for education of patients and caregivers.