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ASTS Pioneer Award 2014


The ASTS Pioneer award is the most distinguished award bestowed upon an individual by the ASTS for a significant contribution to the field of transplantation.  (Previous Award Recipients)

Mark A. Hardy, MD
Mark A. Hardy, MD
Auchincloss Professor of Surgery
Director Emeritus of the Transplantation Centre
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Mark A. Hardy, MD, is Auchincloss Professor of Surgery, and until 2008 was Vice Chairman and Residency Program Director of the Department of Surgery, and is Director Emeritus of the Transplantation Centre, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and NY Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He was President of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons in 1994 and served as Councillor of the Transplantation Society (International) twice for three 3 year terms. He now serves as Director of the NY Islet Resource Centre.

Dr. Hardy is an Editor of Transplantation and has published more than 330 articles on subjects varying from surgical techniques to basic immunology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous surgical and scientific societies including American Surgical Association, Society of Clinical Surgery and American Association of Immunology. He has been awarded Honorary Fellowship in the Polish Surgical Society and Honorary Doctorates at Hallym University in Korea and at Warsaw University in Poland. He has served as a visiting Professor in some 50 institutions and delivered over 15 eponymous lectures worldwide.


His professional scientific career has revolved around transplantation and transplantation biology, with a major interest in the immune responses in induction of tolerance, including alteration of donor immunogenicity and of antigen presentation. His most recent focus has been on cellular transplantation with emphasis on islet transplantation. His clinical interests have been in transplantation and vascular surgery.

Dr. Hardy is a former Director of Vascular Surgery and Transplantation at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and former Director and Founder of Transplantation Program at NY Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is the Founding Director and former President of the New York Organ Donor Network and former Director and member of the Board of Directors of UNOS. He has received a number of prizes for his work, including the NIH Scholar Award early in his career.

Dr. Hardy is the editor of one of the first books on Xenotransplantation and another on Organ Replacement in Diabetes Mellitus. In addition to his work in transplantation, in the earlier part of his career he made several contributions to the development of prosthetic vascular grafts and the development and studies of biologic function of thymic hormones, both experimentally and clinically.

He continues to focus on issues in surgical education, international health care and education, and is the Director of the nationally acclaimed Annual NY Surgery Board Review Course. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of Hallym-Columbia International Surgical Education Fund which he helped to create to support international exchanges of faculty between underdeveloped and developed countries.