Director, Histocompatibility Laboratory

Sam Ho, PhD, oversees the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network laboratory and the organization’s wide range of clinical donor and recipient testing in the areas of histocompatibility, immunology, virology, chemistry and point-of-care. He also identifies and implements research projects and is responsible for recommending procedures and matching protocols to Gift of Hope’s Medical Advisory Board to ensure scientifically sound allocation.

Before joining Gift of Hope, Dr. Ho was chief laboratory officer at Gift of Life Michigan for 10 years. Previously, he was a consulting laboratory director for the University of Michigan; Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill.; Mid-America Transplant; and the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE).

Dr. Ho is a Fellow of the American College of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, and of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. A member of medical advisory boards for Gift of Hope and Mid-America Transplant, he co-chairs the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) Accreditation Review Board and serves on ASHI’s National Clinical Affairs Committee. Dr. Ho also co-chairs the Association for Community Health Improvement Director Examination Committee and serves on the United Network for Organ Sharing Disease Transmission Advisory Committee.

Dr. Ho earned his bachelor of science, master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship training in transplant immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School.