ISHLT Elects Stuart C. Sweet President of the Board of Directors

ADDISON, Texas – May 7, 2019 – Dr. Stuart C. Sweet, M.D., Ph.D., a pediatric pulmonologist and the W.McKim Marriott Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been elected President of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT). Sweet also serves as medical director of the Pediatric Lung Transplant Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

“It’s an honor to lead ISHLT,” said Sweet. “I’ve been a member since 1998 and the Society has played a critical role in my professional growth.”

ISHLT is committed to improving the care of patients with end-stage heart and lung disease through research, education and advocacy. With 3,800 members from 45 countries, ISHLT is the world’s largest multi-disciplinary organization of its kind.

Sweet’s research focuses on improving our understanding of those factors that determine the outcomes in children who receive lung transplants. He is the principal investigator of an NIH-funded multi-center study of the role B-cell immunity plays in lung transplant outcomes.

Sweet has a long track record as a leader in transplant-related organizations, including having served as Chair of the Pediatric Transplantation Committee and Policy Oversight Committee for the Organ Transplantation and Procurement Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

He received his undergraduate, graduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at Washington University in 1996.

The ISHLT is a not-for-profit, multidisciplinary, professional organization dedicated to improving the care of patients with advanced heart or lung disease through transplantation, mechanical support and innovative therapies. With 3,800 members in more than 45 countries, ISHLT is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the research, education and advocacy of end-stage heart and lung disease. ISHLT members represent more than 15 different professional disciplines. For more information, visit