Chris Rudge became the newest Tsar when he was appointed National Clinical Director for Transplant today. That is great news for people awaiting transplants and the whole transplant community. No-one is better equipped for the role than Chris who is a kidney transplant surgeon.
Chris was appointed UK Transplant's first Medical Director in 2001 and has provided the clinical leadership that has increased the profile of transplantation over the past 7 years. Chris continues to work at the Royal London Hospital for 1 day a week. He will be leading the day to day implementation of the Organ Donation Task Force recommendations.
The Task Force has identified the barriers to Organ Donation and made 14 recommendations that aim to increase transplantation from deceased donors by over 50% in the next 5 years. The Government has committed £11 million extra funding in 2008/09 to support implementation. It is not just about the kidney and I am sure Chris's appointment will be welcomed across the whole transplant community.
Welcome aboard Chris!