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September, 2017

September 01, 2017
The AST is saddened to hear about the passing of UNOS founder and original executive director, Gene Pierce. He passed away at the age of 87. Pierce began his transplant career in 1964 as a surgical administrator at the Medical College of Virginia (VCU Health). In 1984, UNOS was founded with Pierce as its executive director. Pierce retired in 1995. The national network had grown to include 60 organ procurement organizations and more than 220 transplant hospitals, performing more than 19,000 transplants per year.
September 01, 2017
The tragedy in Texas and Louisiana has impacted thousands of residents and their livelihoods. The AST commends the efforts of those who have provided support during this tragedy and would like to thank any members who have already helped those in need. Communities have come together in an extraordinary way to help those impacted by this historic storm. Volunteers are working tirelessly to aid those in need of food, shelter, and medical assistance. The AST applauds the efforts of all organizations, volunteers, and supporters for their selfless work to help those impacted by the storm. Our... Read More...

August, 2017

August 24, 2017
SRTR has updated the organ procurement organization (OPO) yield models and plans to integrate the models into the January 2018 OPO-specific reports (OSRs). These models are used to derive expected organ yield for deceased donors as reported in the OSRs. As part of the process for updating the models, SRTR sought feedback on potentially important predictors and interactions among predictors; the responses directly contributed to incorporation of new predictors, for example, warm ischemia time for donation after circulatory death donors and ejection fraction. The models are now estimated with... Read More...
August 08, 2017
On August 7, 2017, The Mount Sinai Hospital announced that Shirish Huprikar, MD, FIDSA, FAST, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, based on his performance in the interim role since November 2016. Dr. Huprikar has demonstrated the ability to lead quality efforts throughout the organization and has served as a clinical leader in promoting excellence in patient care. With a vision to align quality efforts and standardize clinical practices across the hospital, he has collaborated with several departments and institutes to facilitate the transformation of their quality... Read More...
August 02, 2017
The AST recently received a donation from a young fundraiser who decided to open a lemonade stand for the organization.  Nai Azzi, the daughter of AST member, Jamil Azzi, recently organized a lemonade stand to support the AST. She offered free homemade lemonade and requested donations. Nai raised $130 for the AST.   Well done, Nai!

July, 2017

July 19, 2017
If you missed the AST Presidential Address, Dr. Starzl Tribute, or the Lifetime Achievement Awards at ATC 2017, you can view them below.   AST Presidential Address May 2, 2017 AST Lifetime Achievement Awards April 30, 2017   Tribute to Dr. Thomas E. Starzl April 29, 2017

June, 2017

June 28, 2017
AST President, Ron Gill, recently wrote an article for the 'Transplants' campaign published by MediaPlanet and distributed in USA Today. The article highlights the challenges faced by transplant patients, as well as our upcoming Transplant Patient Summit.   ... Read More...
June 23, 2017
AST Remains Concerned for Transplant Patients, Donors and Families On June 22nd, 2017, a discussion-draft entitled the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” was released by Majority Party leadership in the U.S. Senate. The American Society of Transplantation (AST), representing the majority of professionals engaged in the field of solid organ transplantation in the U.S., is concerned that the Senate discussion-draft, as currently written, may result in negative and detrimental consequences for solid organ transplant patients, donors, and their families. Similar to the American Health... Read More...
June 07, 2017
Preservation capabilities is identified as one of the key challenges facing biomedicine today affecting millions of people each year worldwide by constraining the ability to treat patients for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, liver failure, and other leading causes of death. Implications for global health, the success of scientific research and drug discovery, healthcare expenditures, and national defense are profound. In the US, for every 1 patient on the heart transplant wait list who does not receive an organ in time, 10 hearts from organ donors go unused despite the amazing work by organ... Read More...

May, 2017

May 25, 2017
Mount Laurel, NJ – May 25, 2017 - The American Society of Transplantation (AST) announced the recipients of its 2017 Achievement Awards at the recent American Transplant Congress (ATC) meeting in Chicago. The recipients were awarded for their achievements and contributions to the AST and to the field of transplantation.  “This year’s recipients are genuine leaders in transplantation, and I applaud them for their dedication, service and success,” said AST President, Ron Gill, PhD. Lifetime Achievement Award – Daniel Salomon, MD and William Harmon, MD The 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award was... Read More...