Russell H. Wiesner, MD is Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, in the Department of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Division of Liver Transplant. He holds a B.S. degree in Pharmacology from the University of Wisconsin, and M.D. degree from Medical College of Wisconsin. In 1975 he began his Internship at Mayo Clinic, Department of Internal Medicine, with a Residency and Fellowship in Gastroenterology/Hepatology/Liver Transplant. In 1981 he became Staff Consultant and 1991 Professor of Medicine.
Dr. Wiesner has chaired and served on various committees at Mayo Clinic, and was instrumental in the development and implementation of MELD (Model for End-stage Liver Disease) and PELD (Pediatric End-stage Liver Disease) Scores which are the basis for the U.S. allocation system for organ donation and the Extended Donor Criteria Index. He has served as President of the AASLD, ILTS, and UNOS, and committee chairs of AST, EASL, TTS, and HRS/ACOT.
He has published 661 abstracts, 425 journal articles, 50 book chapters; and has given 121 international and 161 national and regional invited and general presentations. He has served as co-editor of Liver Transplantation, and currently serves on the editorial review boards of numerous journals; and is a member of several professional societies and boards.