Dr. Ascher’s surgical career is devoted to clinical transplantation and transplant research. Her clinical interests include end-stage renal disease, hepatic failure, hepatitis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and living donor transplantation. Her research interests are transplantation ethics and policy, recurrent disease after liver transplant, and expansion of transplant criteria.

In 1982, following her postgraduate training, Dr. Ascher became part of the faculty in the department of surgery at the University of Minnesota and was named the Clinical Director of the Liver Transplant Program. She then joined the department of surgery at the University of California, San Francisco in 1988 to develop a liver transplantation program there. She now serves as the University’s first female chair of surgery.

Dr. Ascher has served on the Presidential Task Force on Organ Transplantation and the Surgeon General’s Task Force on Increasing Donor Organs. She currently chairs the Secretary of Health & Human Services Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Ascher is a member in many other medical societies including the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, where she previously served as its president.

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