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History of Transplant

The Wikipedia definition of Organ Transplant is the moving of an organ from one body to another, or from a donor site on the patient's own body, for the purpose of replacing the recipient's damaged or absent organ.

Here is the history of Organ Transplant:

1954: The first successful living-related kidney transplant was on December 23rd, led by Dr. Joseph Murray and Dr. David Hume at Brigham Hospital in Boston. A kidney was transplanted from Ronald Herrick into his identical twin, Richard.

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1962: Dr. Joseph Murray and Dr. David Hume, led the first successful kidney transplant from a deceased donor, at Brigham Hospital in Boston.

1963: The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. had the first successful lung transplant led by Dr. James Hardy.

1966: The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN had the first successful pancreas/kidney transplant led by Drs. Richard Lillehei and William Kelly.

1967: The University of Colorado in Denver, CO had the first successful liver transplant led by Dr. Thomas Starzl.

1967: Groote Schur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa had the first successful heart transplant led by Dr. Christian Barnard.

1968: Stanford University Hospital in Stanford, CA had the first successful heart transplant in the United States led by Dr. Norman Shumway.

1968: The Uniform Donor Card was establishes by the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, as a legal document for anyone 18 years of age or older to legally donate his or her organs upon death.

1972: Medicare Coverage of Renal Dialysis and Kidney Transplants started because of End Stage Renal Disease Act (ESRD).

1981: Stanford University Hospital Medical Center, CA led by Dr. Brice Reitz had the first successful heart/lung transplant.

1983: Cyclosporine, the most successful anti-rejection medication developed to date was approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Cyclosporine dramatically improved the success rate for transplant recipients and helped improve patient outcomes.

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1983: Toronto General Hospital in Canada had the first successful single lung transplant led by Dr. Joel Cooper from the Toronto Lung Transplant Group

1984: A nationwide computer registry operated by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) was established and called National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) which authorizes financial support for Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs); prohibits buying or selling of organs in the United States.

1986: The first USA heart transplant in 14 years was performed by Dr. Michael DeBakey.

1986: Toronto General Hospital in Canada had the first successful double-lung transplant led by Dr. Joel Cooper from the Toronto Lung Transplant Group.

1986: Hospitals were required to develop policies to identify patients as potential donors and approach families about organ donation due to the Required Request Laws.

1988: FDA approves Viaspan, which greatly extends the preservation of donated livers

1989: Dr. Olivier Goulet of Paris, France led the first successful small intestine transplant into a child.

1989: Dr. Christoph Broelsch from Hamburg, Germany led the first successful living-related liver transplant at The University of Chicago Medical Center.

1990: Stanford University Hospital Medical Center in Palo Alto, California had the first successful living-related lung transplant led by Dr. Vaughn Starnes.

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1992: The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center did the first baboon to human liver transplant performed by Drs. Satoru Todo, Andreas Tzakis and John Fung, under the direction of pioneer transplant surgeon Thomas Starzl.

1996: The first split liver transplant allowed one deceased donor liver to be used among multiple transplant patients.

1998: Hospitals are now required by the National Conditions of Participation legislation to refer all deaths, and imminent deaths, to the local Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs).

1998: In Lyon, France led by Australian Dr. Earl Owen and Frenchman Dr. Jean-Michel Dubernar did the first successful hand transplanted in a 13-hour long operation.

2001: Living donations outnumbered deceased donors for the first time in the United States history.

2005: Amiens, France had the first successful partial face transplant led by Dr. Bernard Devauchelle and Dr. Jean-Michel Dubernard.

2008: The world-famous cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Michael DeBakey, pioneered the bypass surgery and invented a host of devices to help heart patients, died at the age of 99 on July 11th.

2010: The first full face transplant in the world took place in Spain. The recipient was a man injured in a shooting accident.