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March, 2017

March 06, 2017
On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the man known as the “father of transplantation,” Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, passed away peacefully at the age of 90 at his home in Pittsburgh.  Dr. Starzl was best known for performing the first liver transplant in 1963 and the first successful liver transplant in 1967. He also made a significant contribution to the field of transplantation by helping to advance medicines to make transplantation more survivable. His work had patients travel from all over the world, making the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center... Read More...
March 01, 2017
The Division of Transplantation (DoT) has created an electronic news bulletin to share information about research projects funded under DoT’s grant programs. The first two editions focused on adults 50 and older and driving donations at DMVs. Periodically, the DoT will email additional bulletins that feature projects related to other topics or audiences. If you are... Read More...
March 01, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC - Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - The American Society of Transplantation (AST), representing the majority of professionals engaged in the field of organ transplantation, applauds the reintroduction of the "Living Donor Protection Act of 2017" by Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. The legislation seeks to: 1.     Prohibit denial of coverage or increase in premiums of life or disability insurance for living organ donors;​ 2.     Clarify organ donation surgery as qualifying as a serious health condition under FMLA; and 3.     Update educational... Read More...

February, 2017

February 27, 2017
AST's President, Anil Chandraker, will be interviewed live on NPR's "The Point" on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9 AM EST. The program will also air at 7 PM EST and be archived on The Point's website. This episode of The Point will be a feature on kidney transplants. Click here to listen to the recorded broadcast    
February 17, 2017
In December 2016, the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) implemented a... Read More...
February 08, 2017
AST (American Society of Transplantation) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order on immigration: The American Society of Transplantation, representing a majority of the nation's professionals engaged in the field of solid organ transplantation, chooses not to comment on most political issues. However, the Society has signed on to a coalition letter with more than 50 scientific, medical, and educational organizations in response to the recent Immigration Executive Order that restricts admission to the United States. The ... Read More...
February 03, 2017
AST is currently accepting applications for The 2017 Resident/Student American Transplant Congress (ATC) Travel Award Program. This award targets residents and students who have expressed interest in obtaining more exposure to the field of transplantation before committing to training.    We encourage our members to recommend this award to candidates who may benefit. Please click here for more information.     
February 03, 2017
The American Society of Transplantation (AST) has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the second consecutive year. This rating is Charity Navigator’s highest rating, which only 25% of charities receive for at least 2 consecutive years. The high rating is due to AST’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. To access the breakdown of AST’s most recent rating from Charity Navigator, please click here. “AST’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from... Read More...

January, 2017

January 13, 2017
Each COP is governed by an Executive Committee (EC) elected by that COP's members. The EC defines and plans COP initiatives with involvement from fellow COP members.   To nominate yourself or a colleague for a position on an EC click READ MORE for details. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the AST!   Nomination Deadline is Tuesday, January 31 @ 5:00pm ET.
January 09, 2017
AST President Anil Chandraker wrote an article published December 9, 2016 for the 'Transplants' campaign published by MediaPlanet and distributed nationwide in USA Today.  Dr. Chandraker's article, entitled "From 'Unethical' to Miracle, and Beyond," was published in the USA Today nationally circulated insert and catologed online. The AST's new patient initiative, Power2Save, is also highlighted. The goal of the campaign is to encourage more individuals to become organ donors.... Read More...