Anthony M. D’Alessandro, M.D. ’76

Dr. Anthony D’Alessandro’s breakthroughs in transplant surgery have given patients a second chance at life. D’Alessandro received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Gannon, graduating magna cum laude, and his M.D. from Hahnemann University (now known as Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia in 1981. He continued his education as a resident in surgery, research fellow and transplant fellow at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. D’Alessandro is Professor of Surgery, Director of Adult and Pediatric Liver Transplantation and Medical Director of the Organ Procurement Organization at the University of Wisconsin. His dedication to education has taken him as a visiting professor to UCLA, the University of Minnesota Medical School, the Washington, D.C. Hospital Center and overseas to Brazil, the Netherlands and Japan. He was interim chair of the Division of Transplantation at the University of Wisconsin from 2009-11.

Dr. D’Alessandro is certified by the American Board of Surgery. His clinical specialties are liver, kidney and small bowel transplants and hepatobiliary surgery. His research interests include marketing and social networking efforts to increase awareness and rates of organ and tissue donation, as well as policy implementation of organ donation after cardiac death.

Dr. D’Alessandro has a host of professional accomplishments, including publications, honors and awards such as the Rev. Joseph C. Gregorek, Ph.D., Award for Service to Humanity in Medicine, which he received from Gannon in 1996. His research in the field of transplantation has resulted in more than 200 publications in book chapters, papers and abstracts, while his research and grant writing have brought about advances in transplant surgery, a topic he frequently speaks on at conferences.

He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the Transplantation Society, the Central Surgical Association and the American Surgical Association. He has been actively involved with the United Network for Organ Sharing, serving as Region 7 Councilor and sitting on many committees. In January 2003, he was appointed to the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, and was a faculty member and co-chair of the Health and Human Services Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative and the Organ Transplant Breakthrough Collaborative from 2004-08.

Dr. D’Alessandro enjoys traveling with his wife, Alison TenBruggencate, an attorney in Madison, Wisc. He has two adult children, Robert D’Alessandro and Chelsey (D’Alessandro) Negrete. Dr. D’Alessandro actively participates in triathlons and has completed three Ironman races.

(Published 2012)