The 2017 David Hume Lecture will be given by A. Benedict Cosimi, MD.
Dr. Cosimi obtained an MD in 1964 at University of Colorado School of Medicine, did surgical residency and clinical and research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and was awarded an honorary MA from Harvard University in 1990.
During his service in the U.S. Air Force, he was Assistant Chief of the Transplant Unit at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio. He then returned to Massachusetts General Hospital where he became Chief, Clinical Transplant Surgery in 1974. Since 2008, he has been Chief Emeritus, Division of Transplantation, Massachusetts General Hospital.
His major research interests include: monitoring of immune responses in immunosuppressed allograft recipients and patients with neoplasia; tumor immunology and immunotherapy; evaluation of new approaches to immunosuppression including antithymocyte globulin, monoclonal antibodies, Cyclopsorine A, and tolerance induction; and xenotransplantation.
He was the 32nd President of ASTS 2005-2006, President of the Congress Organizing Committee for the World Transplant Congress 2006, and Co-Chair of the Congress Organizing Committee for World Transplant Congress 2014. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Urologic Society of Transplantation and Renal Surgery, the American Society of Transplantation President’s Award, and the Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology, to name a few.