Dr. Clive O. Callender, the Professor of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine, is a native of New York and was educated in their public schools and colleges. After completing Meharry Medical College in 1963 as the top ranking medical student and his surgical training at Freedmen's Hospital in 1969, he received his transplant surgical training at the University of Minnesota, under Dr. John S. Najarian (Kidney) 1971-1973 and at the University of Pittsburgh under Dr. Thomas E. Starzl (Liver) 1986-1987. These are two of the premier transplant training programs in the U.S. Since returning to Howard University Hospital (HUH)-(formerly Freedmen's Hospital) in 1973, he helped develop the first minority directed dialysis and transplant center and histocompatibility and immunogenetic laboratory in this country.
Prior to receiving his transplant training, Dr. Callender pursued his goal in life to become a medical missionary by volunteering in Nigeria.
On August 8, 1991, the New England Journal of Medicine, the U.S.A's premier medical journal, chronicled the 10 year experience of the first National Organ/Tissue Donor Program in America. This article referred to National Gallup Polls which were conducted in 1985 and 1990 and demonstrated a tripling of both the number of Blacks signing donor cards and the number of Blacks aware of the highly successful nature of transplantation. In 1991, Dr. Callender conceptualized and founded the National Minority Organ/Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) utilizing the successful joint HUH and Dow Chemical Company efforts that targeted the Black community and applying the methodologies to all ethnic minority populations.
National MOTTEP is the first national organization to identify a two-fold solution to the donor shortage - disease prevention and increasing donation rates. National MOTTEP's methodology has contributed to the national increase in minority donation rates from 15% in 1990 to 30% in 2008.
From 1995 until 2008, Dr. Callender served as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery. In February 1996, he was appointed as the first LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Professor of Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine. He has received Honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Hunter College, Meharry Medical College and Howard University.
As the senior African American transplant surgeon and expert. Dr. Callender's media appearances have included: The Oprah Show, CNN News, the CBS Evening News and hundreds more. He has spoken to both professional and lay audiences at more than 1,000 meetings/forums and has authored over 140 scientific publications on this subject. He is a member of numerous professional societies, and serves as a referee for various scientific journals.
Dr. Callender has received many honors and awards in recognition of his significant contributions, but it is his dream that he be remembered as a God-fearing surgeon who reached the "unreachable stars".