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Dr. Nancy Ascher has devoted her career to organ transplantation and transplant research. She has served on the Presidential Task Force on Organ Transplantation, Surgeon General's Task Force on Increasing Donor Organs and Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation.

Ascher is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she earned her medical degree. She completed a general surgery residency and clinical transplant fellowship at the University of Minnesota, where she later joined the faculty and became clinical director of the liver transplant program.

Ascher is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is a member of numerous other medical societies, including the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, in which she has served as president.

  • Education

    University of Michigan, 1974

  • Residencies

    University of Minnesota, General Surgery, 1981

  • Fellowships

    University of Minnesota, Transplant Surgery, 1982

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    The Surgeon's Cut, episode 3, "Living Donor" (Netflix)

    Follow the drama as Dr. Nancy Ascher – a pioneer in organ transplantation and the first woman ever to perform a liver transplant – leads a team in removing part of a young woman's liver for transplantation in her ailing mother. (Netflix subscription required.)

    Doctor stories - Nancy Ascher

    For Ascher, surgery is sometimes a family affair — she removes the donated organ and her husband, transplant surgeon Dr. John Roberts, puts it into the recipient.