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Dr. Nancy Ascher is Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco and the Isis Distinguished Professor of Transplantation Surgery.

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.

In 1982 Dr. Ascher joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota and developed the Liver Transplant Program at that institution. Dr. Ascher was recruited in 1988 by the Department of Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, to develop a liver transplantation program.

In 1991 her role was expanded to Chief of Transplantation (liver, kidney and pancreas) and in 1993 was appointed Vice Chair of the Department. In 1999 Dr. Ascher became Chair of the UCSF Department of Surgery.

Dr. Ascher served on the Presidential Task Force on Organ Transplantation and the Surgeon General’s Task Force on Increasing Donor Organs. She served the Secretary of Health and Human Services as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation from 2001 – 2005. She has taken an active leadership role in American Society of Transplant Surgeons activities and is past-president of ASTS. She is currently a Councilor of The Transplantation Society, Chairs the Communications Committee and is Co-chair of the Women in Transplantation Society Committee.

Dr. Ascher’s surgical career is devoted to clinical transplantation and transplantation research. She has published over 450 articles in medical and scientific journals. Her research interests include mechanisms of allograft rejection, hepatocyte immunogenicity, transplantation ethics and legislation, and clinical transplantation.