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February, 2017

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
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. Access the breakdown of AST’s most recent rating from Charity Navigator. “AST’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and... 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.     

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...

December, 2016

December 22, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Libby McDannell AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TRANSPLANTATION ANNOUNCES NEW INITIATIVES TO ACCELERATE TRANSPLANT RESEARCH MOUNT LAUREL – December 22, 2016 - The American Society of Transplantation (AST), the largest organization of transplant professionals in North America, applauds the White House for its efforts to highlight impactful organ donation and transplantation initiatives, as announced in their recent... Read More...
December 13, 2016
The Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute is accepting nominations for the 2018 Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology, awarded annually to a national or international leader in the field of organ transplantation and immunology. The prize consists of a crystal award, an honorarium of $10,000, and travel expenses to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the spring of 2018 to formally receive the award and to present the Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology lecture. The winner will also participate in related activities and meet informally with faculty,... Read More...

October, 2016

October 19, 2016
The AST was notified of concerns regarding concerns for some heater-cooler units used during open heart surgery. State health departments have been contacted regarding this potential issue and will be a resource to hospitals in addressing these concerns, but we wish to share this information with our membership. Please read the CDC press release below for additional details.   Press Release   Thursday, October 12, 2016   Contact: ... Read More...
October 11, 2016
The American Society of Transplantation’s (AST) strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.   Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.  These accountability & transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a... Read More...

September, 2016

September 30, 2016
The White House Organ Summit was focused on reducing the wait list for transplantation.  During that meeting, a number of organizations announced new initiatives that were innovative and collaborative and intended to address the organ shortage.   In a follow-up from the Summit, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) has announced an open call for commitments focused on addressing the organ shortage. Individuals and organizations are invited to submit information on new initiatives that have the ability to decrease the transplant wait list. A ... Read More...