The TTS Women in Transplantation initiative has been set up to provide support and guidance to future generations of transplant professionals. Our Networking Events are an interesting and unique opportunity for women to make contact with others in the same field.
||SOMMER GENTRY, PhD
Associate Professor of Mathematics, United States Naval Academy
Research Associate, Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Sommer Gentry is a senior investigator with the Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients, focusing on simulation of organ allocation policies. She has a B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Science and an M.S. in Operations Research, both from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. She designed matching optimization methods used for nationwide kidney paired donation registries in both the United States and Canada, and is now creating optimized sharing boundaries to help the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network reduce geographic disparity in liver allocation. Her work has attracted the attention of major media outlets including Time Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Science, the Discovery Channel, and National Public Radio. In 2009, Gentry received the MAA’s Henry L. Alder award for distinguished teaching by a beginning mathematics faculty member.
NANCY L. ASCHER, MD, PhD
Nancy L. Ascher MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Isis Distinguished Professor in Transplantation and Leon Goldman, MD Distinguished Professor in Surgery at the UCSF Department of Surgery has devoted her career to organ transplantation and transplantation research. She has served on the Presidential Task Force on Organ Transplantation, the Surgeon General’s Task Force on Increasing Donor Organs, and as Chair of the Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has membership in numerous academic medical societies. Past president of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, she takes an active leadership role in national and international transplantation societies. Her bibliography lists over 350 publications. Dr. Ascher`s undergraduate and medical education was completed at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She completed a general surgery residency and clinical transplantation fellowship at the University of Minnesota. She was recruited to UCSF in 1988 to develop the UCSF Liver Transplantation program and served as Chief of the Division of Transplantation until her appointment as Chair of the Department of Surgery in 1999.