Rafael Matesanz, MD, PhD is a nephrologist. Founder and Director of the Spanish National Transplant Organisation (ONT), since 1989 until May 2017. Responsible of the so called "Spanish Model". He was General Director of the Spanish National Institute of Health, President of the Transplant Experts Committee of the Council of Europe during more than 8 years, Scientific Director of the Tuscany Transplant Organization (ITALY) for 3 years, President of the Spanish National Transplant Committee for 23 years, President of the Iberoamerican Council of Organ Donation and Transplantation (2005-2017), Adviser of The World Health Organization in the field of organ donation and President of the Scientific Committee of the Mutua Madrileña Foundation since June 2014. Director of different Master and Courses on Coordination and Organization of Donation and Transplantation in the Barcelona University, Menéndez Pelayo International University, University of Alicante and Complutense University of Madrid. Director of some publications such as Nefrología, Revista Española de Trasplantes or Transplant Newsletter of the Council of Europe and Transplant Newsletter of Latin-American Region. Author of more than 500 articles in national and international journals and more than 200 chapters of books or monographs about nephrology, organ donation and transplantation and clinical management.
Recognitions and awards such as Rey Jaime I of Clinical Medicine, Gran Cruz de la Orden Civil de Sanidad, Recognition Award TTS, Príncipe de Asturias Award on International Cooperation in 2010, Honorary Ambassador of the Mark Spain, Doctor Honoris Causa from different Spanish and American Universities, Gold Medal of the Madrid Town Hall, Award Excellence in Health-Scientific field, Gran Cruz de la Orden del Dos de Mayo. Maharshi Sushruta Gyaanpeeth Sanmman 2018 Award- Ahmedabad – India