May 30, 1997

VUMC doctor named president of transplant society

VUMC doctor named president of transplant society

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Dr. J. Harold Helderman

Dr. J. Harold Helderman, professor of Medicine and Medical Director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, was recently named president of the American Society of Transplant Physicians (ASTP).

The ASTP is the premiere transplant peer group in the United States, serving professionals and scientists interested in organ transplantation.

Helderman is the first Vanderbilt physician to serve as its president.

"I am excited and anxious about assuming the reins of this vibrant society. Previous president Les Miller has devised so many new programs that I have my work cut out for me to continue to grow and expand the efforts of the ASTP, but I will endeavor to meet the challenge," Helderman said.

The ASTP is an accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) organization. Its mission is to disseminate new information on the science and practice of transplantation, to serve as an interchange for cutting-edge science in the field, to provide information and support for transplantation-related issues in the public policy arena and to supply monetary support for new research and training.

The 16-year-old organization's 1,100 members include physicians, surgeons, and scientists from Canada and the United States as well as an associate membership of experts from ten foreign countries.