Incoming President’s Message
I am delighted to take on the leadership of The Transplantation Society, and also humbled and grateful to do so.
The Transplantation Society is the largest organization of transplant professionals, with membership that reaches around the globe. Although we represent disparate disciplines, we share the common goals of advancing transplantation science, improving clinical practice, increasing patient access, disseminating education and guiding public policy to improve and protect donor interests. TTS has been at the forefront to lead these efforts.
TTS continues to work with ISN to develop sister programs which will foster dissemination of best practices. We have recently undertaken a parallel program with ILTS to foster collaboration among established and newly developed liver transplant programs. We hope to develop similar joint programs in heart and lung transplantation. This Hong Kong Congress will afford us the opportunity to celebrate our fiftieth year. Having this meeting in Asia reflects the active growth of transplantation in Asia and the many advances in this region. We are grateful to Jeremy Chapman for his able leadership in organizing the program. TTS has expanded its educational efforts to include training at the Hong Kong meeting for the International Transplant Nurses Association. TTS also plans to develop closer collaboration with intensivists/critical care specialists and anesthesiologists to promote closer collaboration. This partnership will enhance care of the transplant recipient as well as facilitate end of life decisions of care.
The Transplantation Journal has been reinvigorated under the leadership of Dr. Jeremy Chapman and his editorial team. The new online offering, Transplantation Direct, provides for rapid dissemination of transplantation science.
During the next two years, we will be planning the 2018 TTS Congress in Madrid in partnership with our Spanish colleagues and the 10th Anniversary meeting of the new Declaration of Istanbul. This meeting is being planned by the DICG group. TTS is working with ASTS & AST to organize another World Transplant Congress which we hope to hold in 2022 or 2024. I encourage TTS members who are interested in becoming more involved to look at our committee structure and let me know if you want to be considered for committee membership. I am grateful to Phil and the Council for their stewardship over the past 2 years. Phil has graciously agreed to organize the Madrid 2018 program.
Although we represent disparate disciplines, we share the common goals of advancing transplantation science, improving clinical practice, increasing patient access, disseminating education and guiding public policy to improve and protect donor interests
Nancy Ascher has devoted her career to the field of transplantation. After training with John Najarian, she started the liver transplant program at the University of Minnesota in 1981, and in 1988, established liver transplantation at the University of California San Francisco where she became Chief of the Transplant Program and then Chair of the Department of Surgery. She remains clinically active in liver and kidney transplantation. Dr. Ascher has served the Health and Human Services Task Force, which drafted US National Organ Transplant Act; on the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General’s Workshop on Organ Donation; and as Chair of the HHS Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (2000-2005). She is Past-President of ASTS (2000) and a past Councilor for the ILTS (2005-2009). She has been involved in TTS in a number of positions: as North American Councilor (2010-2014); as part of the Publication Committee restructuring the Transplantation Journal; and as Co-Chair of the Women in Transplantation initiative.