The Excellence in Kidney Transplantation Award was established to recognize a scientist or clinician scientist whose exceptional research has contributed novel insights in or resulted in improved access to kidney transplantation. The award embodies the dedication of the National Kidney Foundation to help people navigate the challenges of kidney disease, organ donation and transplantation. The 2020 recipient is Gabriel Danovitch, MD.
Dr. Gabriel Danovitch, born in Cardiff, Wales, received his medical degree from St Bartholomew's Hospital of the University of London. He completed his residency training in London and in Bersheeba, Israel and his nephrology fellowship training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He served on the faculty at Albert Einstein and then directed the nephrology unit at Soroka Hospital in Israel. He currently holds the John J. Kuiper Chair in Nephrology and Renal Transplantation at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with the academic rank of Distinguished Professor of Medicine and has received the school's prestigious Mellinkoff Award. He is the longtime Medical Director of its renowned Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program: one of the largest and most successful in the US. Dr. Danovitch has devoted his recent career to various aspects of clinical kidney transplantation. He has published over 200 original articles and 50 book chapters. He has mentored a generation of transplant physicians and leads the UCLA AST/ASN kidney transplant medicine fellowship since its inception. Dr. Danovitch is an internationally recognized authority on transplant immunosuppression, clinical transplant care, transplant ethics and public policy. He has served on the board of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) and the United Network for Organ Donation (UNOS) and is the past Chair of its International Relations committee. He served as Secretary of The Transplantation Society (TTS) and is a founder member of the Custodian Group of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism (DICG). He is Medical Director of OneLegacy, the Organ Procurement Agency of Southern California. His classic textbook, the "Handbook of Kidney Transplantation", now in its sixth edition and translated into five languages, has become required reading for those entering the field. In 2018 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP Hon).
Past Excellence in Kidney Transplantation Award Recipients:
2019 - Matthew Cooper, MD