Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Joren C. Madsen inducted as president of American Transplantation Society

BOSTON - Joren C. Madsen, MD, D.Phil, will be inducted as president of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) during the 2009 American Transplant Congress being held in Boston May 30-June 3. Dr. Madsen, director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Transplant Center, section chief of Cardiac Surgery at MGH, and professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, is the first surgeon to serve as president of the AST, a professional association founded in 1982 to address the needs of medical specialists in the field of solid organ transplantation.

The AST is now a broadly inclusive organization representing all transplant professionals who are dedicated to research, education, advocacy, organ donation and improved patient care in transplantation As president, Dr. Madsen will work with the American Society of Transplant Surgeons to confront critical issues facing the field today, including a looming shortage in transplant specialists and researchers, diminished NIH funding, and inadequate organ donation. He will also lead the AST through the healthcare reform process. In March, he represented the AST at a White House Regional Forum on Health Care Reform.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the AST and to work with my fellow board members who represent a variety of specializations within the field of transplantation. The AST’s accomplishments over the years have been many and impressive. I look forward to working on key transplant issues with this influential and highly regarded society," said Dr. Madsen.

At MGH, Dr. Madsen has served many capacities, including director of the Cardiothoracic Transplantation Laboratory, surgical director of Cardiac Transplantation, and section chief of Cardiac Surgery. In 2005 he was made the W. Gerald and Patricia R. Austen Distinguished Scholar in Cardiac Surgery. Most recently, he was named director of the MGH Transplant Center, which provides all standard types of organ transplants to adults and children. Dr. Madsen is a board member of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and serves on the editorial boards of Transplantation, the American Journal of Transplantation, and the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Madsen's research interests include transplantation tolerance, chronic rejection and innate immunity. He was studied transplantation immunology at Oxford University which culminated in a doctorate degree in immunology. He is currently the principle investigator on a number of grants from the National Institutes of Health including two program project grants, one from the NIAID and the other from the NHLBI. In 2002, he received the Fujisawa Basic Science Award from the AST for his contributions to the field.

A graduate of Brown University (’77), Madsen earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School (’82). He currently lives in Boston’s Back Bay.

About the Massachusetts General Hospital

Founded in 1811, the MGH is the third oldest general hospital in the United States and the oldest and largest in New England. The 900-bed medical center offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. Each year the MGH admits more than 46,000 inpatients and handles nearly 1.5 million outpatient visits at its main campus and health centers. Its Emergency Department records nearly 80,000 visits annually. The surgical staff performs more than 35,000 operations and the MGH Vincent Obstetrics Service delivers more than 3,500 babies each year. The MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the country, with an annual research budget of more than $500 million. It is the oldest and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, where nearly all MGH staff physicians serve on the faculty. The MGH is consistently ranked among the nation’s top hospitals by US News and World Report.

Jennifer Gundersen, 617-724-6433, jgundersen1@partners.org

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