Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Jean C. Emond Elected President of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons
New York - 

Dr. Jean C. Emond, director of the Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation in the Department of Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and the Thomas S. Zimmer Professor of Reconstructive Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, is the president-elect of The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). He is expected to begin his term in May 2017.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by my fellow transplant surgeons as a leader in the field,” said Dr. Emond. “I look forward to working with the ASTS to advocate for transplant surgeons and their patients, supporting education, innovation and research.”

The ASTS represents more than 1,500 professionals dedicated to excellence in transplantation surgery. Its mission is to advance the art and science of transplant surgery through leadership, advocacy, education and training.

As president-elect, Dr. Emond will participate in leadership discussions and decisions about critical issues affecting the Society and will help oversee the strategic direction of ASTS in support of its ongoing mission. Before assuming his role as president, Dr. Emond will serve on the Executive Committee of the ASTS Council as President-Elect.

Widely recognized as one of the top transplant surgeons in the nation, Dr. Emond received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and his M.D. from Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago. After completing his internship and residency at the University of Illinois, Cook County Hospital, he held fellowships in hepatobiliary surgery at the Hospital Paul Brousse, Universite de Paris Sud Villejuif and in liver transplantation at the University of Chicago. Dr. Emond was a key member of the liver transplant team that performed the first partial liver transplants in North America in 1985, the first split liver transplants in 1988 and the first living donor transplants in 1989. He has led the Transplantation programs at Columbia and the New York Presbyterian Hospitals for nearly two decades.

For more information about the ASTS, visit www.asts.org.


NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the nation’s most comprehensive healthcare delivery networks, focused on providing innovative and compassionate care to patients in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the globe. In collaboration with two renowned medical school partners, Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, NewYork-Presbyterian is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education, groundbreaking research and clinical innovation.

NewYork-Presbyterian has four major divisions: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked #1 in the New York metropolitan area by U.S. News and World Report and repeatedly named to the magazine’s Honor Roll of best hospitals in the nation; NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network is comprised of leading hospitals in and around New York and delivers high-quality care to patients throughout the region; NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services connects medical experts with patients in their communities; and NewYork-Presbyterian Community and Population Health features the hospital’s ambulatory care network sites and operations, community care initiatives and healthcare quality programs, including NewYork Quality Care, established by NewYork-Presbyterian, Weill Cornell and Columbia.

NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the largest healthcare providers in the U.S. Each year, nearly 29,000 NewYork-Presbyterian professionals deliver exceptional care to more than 2 million patients.

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Columbia University Medical Center

Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic, preclinical, and clinical research; medical and health sciences education; and patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals, dentists, and nurses at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. Columbia University Medical Center is home to the largest medical research enterprise in New York City and State and one of the largest faculty medical practices in the Northeast. The campus that Columbia University Medical Center shares with its hospital partner, NewYork-Presbyterian, is now called the Columbia University Irving Medical Center.  For more information, visit cumc.columbia.edu or columbiadoctors.org.

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