Matesanz, Rafael


Rafael Matesanz

  • Born in Madrid, 1949, Graduated in Medicine in 1972 and Ph. Doctor in 1979 (Universidad Autónoma, Madrid). Specialized in Nephrology. Clinical activity in the Hospital Ramon y Cajal, Madrid.
  • Founder and director of the Spanish National Transplant Organisation (ONT), since September 1989. The ONT is now the technical organism dependent from the Health Administration in charge of organizing planning and coordinating organs, tissues and cell transplantation. Responsible of the so called “Spanish Model” which leaded Spain from middle – low levels of organ donation during the eighties to the first place in the world since 1992.
  • General Director of the Spanish National Institute of Health (INSALUD), responsible of primary and hospital care of 10 out of the 17 Spanish regions (1996 – 2000).
  • President of the Spanish National Transplant Committee since its creation in 1990 until 2000, and again since 2004 up to 2017.
  • President of the Transplant Experts Committee of the Council of Europe since 1995 until 2000, and again since 2003 until 2005.
  • President of the Spanish National Commission of Nephrology since 2001- 2008.. Secretary of the Spanish National Commission of Nephrology 1990-2001.
  • Editor in chief of the journal NEFROLOGIA (official publication of the Spanish Society of Nephrology) since 1986 – 2007, NEFROLOGIA EXTRAHOSPITALARIA, Revista Española de Trasplantes (official publication of the ONT) since 1991 up to now, and Transplant Newsletter (official publication of the Council of Europe (since 1993 up to now).
  • Author of more than 500 articles in international journals and more than 100 chapters of books or monographs about nephrology, organ donation and transplantation and clinical management.
  • Director of Master in Coordination and Transplant Organisation from the Barcelona University (1993 and 1994, and 2005, 2006) especially directed to train south – Americans specialists. Director of training postgraduates courses from the Universities of Barcelona, International Menéndez Pelayo (Santander), Alicante, and Complutense (Madrid).
  • Award “Rey Jaime I” of Clinical Medicine, 1999. Government of the Region of Valencia. Fifteen other prices during pre and postgraduate periods.
  • Recognition Awards TTS (Transplantation Society) Roche Award for Worldwide Impact in Transplantation 2008 Sydney (Australia).
  • Annual Award Check Transplantation Foundation 2008.
  • Since April 2001, Scientific Director of the Tuscany Transplant Organization (ITALY) and also collaborator of the National Transplant Centre of Italy for training of transplant coordinators.
  • Since April 2002 until January 2004, Director of thef Tuscany Tumour Institute, Florence, Italy).
  • Director of the Spanish National Transplant Organisation (ONT), since January 2004 until 2017.
  • President of the IBEROAMERICAN COUNCIL OF ORGAN DONATION AND TRANSPLANTATION, since November 2005 up to 2017.
  • Adviser of the INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE (IOM) – USA , in the field of organ donation.. NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES – 2005.
  • Adviser of the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION in the global strategy for transplantation.
  • President of the Public Health Group of the European Union during the first 6 months of 2010 (Spanish Presidency period) and main responsible of the elaboration and approval of the EU Directive of Quality and Safety of Organs for Transplantation.
  • Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine.
  • Member of the Spanish Medical-Surgical Academy of Medicine.
  • DOCTOR HONORIS CAUSA Universities of Lleida (Spain), ISALUD (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Uruguay Republic (Montevideo, Uruguay).