UW Health Transplant Surgeon Joins National Transplant Advisory Group
MADISON - Dr. Yolanda Becker (pictured) has spent her medical career transplanting organs. Now she’ll be a key part of the governmental body that helps to keep organ transplantation safe and effective.
Dr. Becker, a transplant surgeon at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, has been invited to serve on the national Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT).
Founded in 2000, ACOT assists the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in enhancing organ donation, as well as making sure transplantation is equitable, effective and grounded in medical science.
"This is obviously a tremendous honor," says Dr. Becker, who has been a member of UW Hospital’s transplant team since 1999, specializing in adult kidney and pancreas transplant. "I look forward to using this opportunity to raise public awareness of the importance of organ donation."
Dr. Becker is only the second UW transplant surgeon to serve on ACOT, a group that currently has 25 members. Dr. Hans Sollinger, the former chair of the UW Health transplant program, served on ACOT in its earliest years, and Dr. Tony D'Alessandro, the current acting chair of UW's program, was involved in ACOT's development.
"We’re excited that Yolanda will carry on our program's involvement with the committee," says Dr. D'Alessandro. "I'm confident she'll do an outstanding job."
ACOT operates under the auspice of the national Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the group that nominates its members.
Date Published: 01/14/2010