In Memoriam: Aaron D. Bannett, M.D., MBA

Thank you for visiting Gift of Life Donor Program in celebration of the memory of Dr. Aaron Bannet, co-founder of our organization. If you would like to make a memorial contribution in honor of Dr. Bannett, please click here.

Pictured (l to r): Howard M. Nathan, President & CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program; Dr. Clyde Barker, Co-Founder, Gift of Life Donor Program; Dr. Aaron Bannett, Co-Founder Gift of Life Donor Program; Glen D. Moffett, Esq., Immediate Past Chair, Gift of Life Donor Program Governing Board.
"Dr. Bannett was a true innovator in donation and transplantation with a passion for advancing medicine and science. He was dearly loved by his patients and colleagues not only for his surgical skill and expertise but his care and compassion. He was a true mentor to many. Dr. Bannett's family requested to have the service at Gift of Life Donor Program." - Howard M. Nathan, President & CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program 
Aaron D. Bannett, M.D., MBA, was a pioneer in organ transplant and vascular surgery. In the early days of vascular surgery, he trained with Drs. DeBakey and Cooley in Houston and then began a vascular graft program at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Once the technique of sewing blood vessels was perfected, and an active practice of vascular surgery was established, Dr. Bannett, an early member of the Vascular Society, began research on kidney transplants in the animal laboratory.

In 1965 and 1966, the first kidney transplants were done at Einstein, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann Hospital. Dr. Bannett started the transplant program and served as the Director of the Organ Transplant Program at Albert Einstein Medical Center from 1966 until his retirement in 1989. Dr. Bannett then developed the concept of a national transplant society and was a founding member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. The Society started with 127 members and now has nearly 2,000 members with over 5,000 attending the annual meeting. He was Chairman of Surgery at Einstein from 1972-1979. Continue reading
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