The history of the AST starts in 1981, when the charter members of the AST met at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). It was at this meeting where they decided that a separate society was to be organized for transplant physicians. The American Society of Transplant Physicians... (ASTP)...was found on May 10, 1982 and was a society
The American Society of Transplantation was founded in 1982 and is an international organization of more than 3000 professionals dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation and improving patient care by promoting research, education, advocacy, and organ donation.
Uniquely in modern medicine, solid organ donation and transplantation requires interaction among multiple parties, well beyond the usual patient-provider relationship. Availability of organs influences decision-making in patient care for all involved. These complex dynamics require maintenance of the highest moral and ethical standards. The following principles should inform the practice of all participating professionals.