2019 ASTS Pioneer Award


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)

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Hans-Werner Sollinger, MD, PhD, Dr.h.c.

Hans-Werner Sollinger, MD, PhD, Dr.h.c. is the Folkert O. Belzer Professor of Surgery and Pathology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Sollinger received his MD and Dr.med. (PhD) degrees from the University of Munich in 1974 and 1975 with summa cum laude. He completed his surgical residency in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin in 1980 and joined the faculty that same year. He served as Chair of the Division of Transplantation from 1995 to 2009.

In 1996, Dr. Sollinger was elected President of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and in 1997, President of International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement. He was a member of the National Institutes of Health Surgery, Anesthesiology and Trauma Study Section from 1994–1997. In 2001, he was appointed by Tommy Thompson, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, to a four-year term as a member of the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation, during which time he served one year as Chair of the Committee.

Dr. Sollinger was the recipient of the National Kidney Foundation Pioneer Award in Kidney Transplantation in 2004, Dr.h.c. from the University of Leipzig in 2005, 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. He 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.

Dr. 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.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Sollinger’s research interest has been gene therapy for type 1 diabetes. His laboratory recently demonstrated for the first time perfect glucose control in diabetic animals treated with gene therapy.

Dr. Sollinger’s curriculum vitae currently lists 518 peer-reviewed publications, five books, and 70 book chapters.