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William Hartman ’94 in the news for COVID-19 plasma treatment

Dr. William Hartman ’94, an anesthesiologist at the University of Wisconsin, is part of a small coalition of doctors leading the charge on an experimental treatment that helps fight COVID-19.

In the treatment, a plasma transfusion from someone who recovered from coronavirus is given to a sick patient. In just a few weeks, more than 6,000 COVID-19 patients received convalescent plasma, and they are starting to see positive results.

This cutting-edge work, and Dr. Hartman, were featured on the national broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning.

The treatment was also covered in the Wisconsin State Journal

According to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where Dr. Hartmann is an assistant professor of anesthesiology, he has led a team that worked around the clock to start this clinical trial, an effort that normally takes months. The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of plasma to treat COVID-19 patients on April 3.

Click here for more information and a video of Dr. Hartmann explaining the treatment.    

Dr. William Hartmann ’94

A Lake Forest College alumnus is leading more than 40 institutions in a national effort to test “convalescent plasma” as a therapy for seriously ill COVID-19 patients. The hope is that antibodies in the plasma of people who have recovered will help others fight the disease.