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The American Society of Transplantation (AST; Mt. Laurel, New Jersey), an organization of more than 2,500 transplant professionals dedicated to research, education, advocacy and patient care in transplantation science and medicine, has reported changes to the society's 2005-2006 board of directors.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases , part of the National Institutes of Health (both Bethesda, Maryland), recently appointed Hugh Auchincloss Jr., MD, principal deputy director. Auchincloss served as AST president-elect and was scheduled to assume the AST presidency in July. Due to the demands of his new position, Auchincloss tendered his resignation, prompting several changes within the AST leadership structure.

The AST board has named Jeffrey Crippin, MD, formerly AST's secretary-treasurer, to replace Auchincloss as the new president-elect. Crippin, professor of medicine and medical director, liver transplantation, at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis), will succeed to the presidency and the immediate past presidency.

Maryl Johnson, MD, AST councilor-at-large, was appointed to fill the post of secretary-treasurer for the remainder of Crippin's term. Johnson is professor of medicine and medical director, heart failure and transplantation, at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine (Madison). David Rothstein, MD, associate professor, Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven, Connecticut), was appointed to serve on the AST board as councilor-at-large until the July meeting, when a successor will be elected.

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