UW's Sollinger Honored for Transplant Mentorship

Dr. Hans W. Sollinger, Chairman of the Division of TransplantationMADISON - Dr. Hans Sollinger, professor of surgery and an internationally recognized transplant surgeon, has been honored for his work as a mentor for junior faculty in transplant surgery.


Sollinger is the 2011 recipient of the Francis Moore Excellence in Mentorship in Transplant Surgery Award, given by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. The honor recognizes "the outstanding efforts of established surgeons for their mentorship of fellows and junior faculty."


A medical school graduate of the University of Munich, Sollinger came to UW-Madison in 1975 to complete a fellowship in immunology and a surgical residency. He subsequently joined the surgery faculty at the School of Medicine and Public Health, rising to become chair of the transplant division in 1995.


In 1982, Sollinger pioneered the "Wisconsin technique" for pancreas transplantation; it has since become the surgical standard used around the world. Sollinger also developed one of the world’s most frequently used anti-rejection medications, used by hundreds of thousands of transplant recipients around the world.


He is also widely published in kidney and pancreas-transplant research, has served on the editorial boards of major medical journals, and was named a Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy.


"He is a surgeon who has truly 'seen it all,'" said Dr. Jeremy Goodman of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, "and is incredibly effective at passing this accumulated wisdom on to a younger generation." Goodman began a fellowship at Wisconsin in 2006.


Sollinger holds the Folkert O. Belzer Professorship in Surgery. He has been active for decades in efforts to enhance organ donation and the clinical success of organ transplantation.

Date Published: 02/16/2011

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