UW Transplant Surgeon Receives Highest Honor for Contributions to the Field

Dr. Hans SollingerMadison, Wisconsin - Dr. Hans Sollinger, renowned transplant surgeon and professor of surgery and pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been named the 2019 recipient of the American Society of Transplant Surgeon's (ASTS) Pioneer Award - the most-distinguished award bestowed upon an individual for a significant contribution to the field of transplantation.


Dr. Dixon Kaufman, chief of transplant surgery at UW Health and president of the ASTS, presented Sollinger with the award June 2 at the American Transplant Congress in Boston.


"Dr. Sollinger's contributions to the field of transplant cannot be overstated," said Kaufman. "His research over the years has led to major advances in pancreas transplantation, immunosuppression development, gene therapy, and more. Recognizing him today with this award is a proud moment, not just for the ASTS but for the University of Wisconsin and the many patients he has served there."


During his career, Sollinger has made multiple novel contributions to transplantation, including the bladder drainage technique for pancreas transplantation and the preclinical and clinical development of mycophenolate mofetil, an immunosuppressant drug used to prevent rejection in organ transplantation. For the past 20 years, Sollinger's research focus has been gene therapy for type 1 diabetes. His laboratory recently demonstrated perfect glucose control for the first time in diabetic animals treated with gene therapy.


In addition to his many clinical and research accomplishments, Dr. Sollinger has been honored over the years with some of the profession's most illustrious professional accolades, including the National Kidney Foundation Pioneer Award in Kidney Transplantation in 2004, the American Society of Transplantation Mentoring Award in 2010, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons Francis Moore Excellence in Mentorship in Transplantation Surgery Award in 2011, and the Transplantation Society-Roche Award for Outstanding Achievement in Transplantation Science (Clinical) in 2012. Sollinger also served as ASTS president from 1996-97.


Sollinger is the only surgeon who is a member of the Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Sciences, the first Honorary Member of the German Society for Transplantation and has received the Alumni Distinction Award from the University of Wisconsin.

Date Published: 06/04/2019

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