2020 Women In Transplantation Awards

The Woman Leader in Transplantation Award was created to recognize women who have advanced the field of transplantation through research, policies, leadership, initiatives or other highly-regarded contributions


Anita Chong is Professor of Surgery, Section of Transplantation, Committee on Immunology at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Dr. Chong is a internationally known, highly-regarded basic scientist in transplant immunology. Her work currently focuses on antibody-mediated injury and more recently the impact of sex on immunologic responses in transplantation. She has extensive NIH funding, served on study sections and editorial boards, and has been a long-time mentor for trainees and post-doctoral fellows. Her publication list is extensive, and she has been incredibly committed to TTS and basic science initiatives, playing key leadership role in organizing the basic science international meetings in transplantation.


Elaine F. Reed is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Endowed Chair in Diagnostic Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Reed is also the Director of the UCLA Immunogenetics Center and serves as Vice Chair of Research Services for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. As director of the largest Histocompatibility labs in the world, Dr. Reed has provided outstanding clinical care delivery, implementing the most advanced methods for HLA analysis and coordination of all solid organs and bone marrow. Additionally, she has extensive NIH funding studying for her laboratory, studying the interaction of HLA antibodies and the signaling of this interaction as potential markers of injury and therapeutics. She is recognized as a mentor in the HLA world but also in the scientific, particularly supporting women in the lab. In addition to her research portfolio, Dr. Reed has contributed to TTS as a member of the program committee and as the past-chair of WIT, tirelessly and creatively promoting the mission of the initiative.

The WIT Unsung Hero in Transplantation Award was created to recognize women who have had an extraordinary impact in transplantation through community service, volunteering, mentorship or other community-based activities.


Dr. Yingzi Ming Serves as Director of Transplantation and Professor of Surgeryat the Third Changsha Hospital, Central South University in China.

Dr. Ming is a transplant surgeon who performs both kidney and liver transplantation, the first woman in China to do so. She developed the DCD program in China and has been involved in post-transplant management and guidelines. She has served on many national committees for abdominal transplantation, promoting transplantation as an effective treatment for organ failure.


Dr. Od-Erdene of The First Central Hospital of Mongolia, received her medical degree and PhD in Medicine in Mongolia. She undertook advanced training in nephrology at the Seoul National University Hospital under the mentorship of Dr. Curie Ahn.

As one of the few nephrologists in her country, she played a key role in the development of kidney transplant program in Mongolia at the First Central Hospital. She established the Life-Sharing Campaign held in Genghis Khan Square to promote civic participation in organ donation and is assisting in revising laws for transplantation in her country. Throughout her career, with very little central support, she has facilitated and promoted organ transplantation to help her patients with end-stage organ failure.


Dr. Vasanthi Ramesh is the Director of the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization, in New Delhi.

With training in general surgery followed by reconstructive surgery at the Kleinert Institute in Louisville, USA, Dr. Ramesh is the first ever Director of the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) in India. NOTTO plays a critical part of organ transplantation in India. She is also in charge of the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation (GODT) transplant registry contributions for her region. Her work involves the coordination of transplant surgeons and physicians across the country.


Dr. Rosete-Liquete is a transplant and vascular surgeon (and trauma surgeon), and the Director of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippines.

Her nominator in Manila highlighted that her efforts went beyond transplanting kidneys to also include engaging in activation and training of others in the many multi-disciplinary activities needed in transplantation. Specifically she created Kidney Satellite Centers nationwide to launch 12 new transplant centers. Considering the financial issues and the disparities in health care in the country, these notable efforts to improve the situation for all Filipinos show exemplary initiative and determination.



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