The American Society of Transplantation (AST) awarded its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, to Thomas Gonwa, M.D. at the recent American Transplant Congress in Boston. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors a senior investigator whose work has advanced the field of transplantation.
Dr. Gonwa came to Mayo Clinic in 2001, after leading renal and liver transplant programs at Baylor University Medical Center. He helped build the local transplant program in Jacksonville, Florida, which to date has done more than 5,600 solid organ transplants. Dr. Gonwa went on to serve as chair of the Department of Transplantation from 2006 through 2015.
Today he serves as associate director of Mayo Clinic’s Center for Regenerative Medicine in Florida.
Dr. Gonwa is an active clinical investigator, best known for his work on chronic kidney disease in patients undergoing liver transplantation. He has authored 188 original papers and 10 book chapters.
The AST represents more than 3,300 transplantation professionals dedicated to advancing the field and improving patient care by promoting research, education, advocacy, and organ donation.