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07/21/2015: #1 in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report has named Massachusetts General Hospital the #1 hospital in the nation based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 clinical specialties.

05/19/2015: A new beginning

Shea Hammond's story begins in 2006, when he was 16. At a time when most teens think about homework, hanging out with friends and dating, Hammond was focused on finding a donor for his failing kidneys.

11/07/2014: A second chance at life

Living organ donors are a special group who have made the selfless choice to undergo surgery that is of no physical benefit to them.

10/31/2014: A walk down the aisle on Ellison 9

It was not part of their job description, but that did not stop nurses on the MGH Cardiac Intensive Care Unit from taking on the role of wedding planners so that a father could walk his daughter down the aisle.

09/11/2014: Russell Museum Fall Lecture Series

All MGH Russell Museum lectures are open to the public. To register, please email mghhistory@partners.org.

08/29/2014: Overcoming organ donation obstacles

The MGH and the New England Organ Bank are critical allies in increasing organ donation.

08/08/2014: Magic in the making

David Oliver, a well-known magician from Weymouth, awaited a double lung transplant in the spring of 2014, close to death. When he arrived at the MGH, he had to undergo ambulatory extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

08/01/2014: The journey home

Lacy Neff, a radio broadcaster from West Virginia, recently underwent a heart transplant as part of his treatment plan for amyloidosis, a rare disease that occurs when amyloid proteins accumulate in the organs. The MGH is one of only seven hospitals in the United States studying cardiac amyloid transplants – and the only one in the Northeast.

07/18/2014: Lung in a box

The MGH has become the first hospital in New England to successfully perform what’s being called a “lung-in-a-box” transplant.

07/16/2014: Immune Tolerance Network’s TrialShare wins national award

Massachusetts General Hospital's Bioinformatics Group, of the Immune Tolerance Network in Bethesda, Maryland, wins the National Academy of Sciences Data and Information Challenge.

07/15/2014: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

05/06/2014: Donor livers preserved and improved with room-temperature perfusion system

A system developed by investigators at the MGH Center for Engineering in Medicine and the MGH Transplant Center has the potential to increase both the supply and the quality of donor organs for liver transplantation.

04/18/2014: Donate Life Month designation

April is now Donate Life month in Massachusetts.

03/14/2014: Transplant Center has record year

2013 was a record-breaking year for the MGH Transplant Center with 207 transplants performed.

01/10/2014: New year, new lease on life

When the call came in at 4 am, just before Christmas, Eric Fritz, 38, of Liverpool, N.Y., was so surprised he made the transplant coordinator tell him twice. After a year of waiting, he had a donor liver.

12/22/2013: New lungs give Peru man new life

Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons perform life-saving double lung transplant on patient Chad Kiniry of Peru.

12/18/2013: Nightclub fire survivor thriving after hand transplant

Station nightclub fire survivor Joe Kinan discusses his incredible path to recovery since undergoing the first hand transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital.

12/01/2013: Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Autotransplantation for Chronic Pancreatitis

Massachusetts General Hospital offers the unique dual procedure of total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplation for pain relief and diabetes prevention in patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis.

11/15/2013: First time’s a charm: MGH performs first heart-lung transplant

36-year-old Connecticut resident Benard Basant got his life back when he underwent the MGH’s first combined heart-lung transplant surgery.

07/16/2013: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

07/03/2013: Tissue engineering: How to build a heart

Massachusetts General Hospital researchers seek to engineer new organs for patients in need of heart transplants.

04/30/2013: Bariatric surgery gives time, new life to kidney transplant patient

Thomas Gagnon arrived at Massachusetts General Hospital expecting to receive a kidney transplant. Instead, he was referred to the Mass General Weight Center for life-changing obesity treatment.

03/01/2013: Celebrating 50 years of transplantation

This week marks 50 years of transplantation at the MGH. Since the first kidney transplant performed on Feb. 27, 1963, the MGH Transplant Center has revolutionized transplant medicine as an innovator in complex, life-saving techniques

02/17/2013: Joe Kinan’s hand transplant helps him and donor’s family move forward

Jonathan Winograd, MD, and Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr, MD, discuss how Joe Kinan, a Station nightclub fire survivor, became the first hand transplant recipient at Massachusetts General Hospital.

02/15/2013: ECMO patient on road to recovery

Keith Lordan has a new appreciation for heart awareness since having a major heart attack in 2011 and credits the MGH and the its ECMO program for saving his life.

02/04/2013: Neighborhood support inspires transplant recipient John Morelli to help others

A local community’s support for a transplant recipient motivated him to create an organization that helps others.

10/26/2012: Station nightclub fire survivor upbeat after hand transplant

Recipient of Massachusetts General Hospital's first hand transplant operation performed by Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr., MD, on path to recovery.

10/09/2012: Hand transplant is a first for Mass General

Massachusetts General Hospital's Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr., MD, leads Mass General’s first hand transplant operation.

10/05/2012: Transplant tolerance induction celebrates 10 years

The 10th anniversary celebration of transplant tolerance induction brought together patients with their MGH physicians, nurses and other staff members involved in the program.

07/17/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked #1 in the Nation on U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll

Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list.

07/13/2012: Cardiac ECMO survivors celebrate each other and MGH staff

Seventeen MGH patients who experienced serious cardiac events received a second chance thanks in part to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a technique that oxygenates and removes carbon dioxide from the blood outside a patient’s body, allowing his or her damaged heart and lungs time to recover.

06/29/2012: An MGH transplant miracle

This marks the second time in the past 20 years that the MGH has performed a heart and liver transplant, also the second operation of its kind ever done in New England.

06/08/2012: MGH hosts pioneer in HIV-positive organ transplant

In many countries, including the United States, it is illegal to procure an organ for transplant from an HIV-infected person. But these laws may soon be reevaluated since it is now possible to better manage HIV and because the demand for organs far exceeds supply.

04/03/2012: Kidney transplant patients meet their matches

John Marzelli and Esperanza Yoblonsky were suffering from IgA nephropathy and both needed a new kidney; they found the answer in the Mass General Transplant Center’s internal exchange program.

03/21/2012: Making old hearts new again at Mass General

Learn how Massachusetts General Hospital doctors are changing the world of organ transplantation.

03/09/2012: Linked lives

Chain 124. That’s the name of a record-breaking kidney transplant chain.

02/29/2012: Kidney Health Q&A with Winfred W. Williams, MD, of the Mass General Transplant Center

Nephrologist Winfred W. Williams, MD, explains why the kidneys are important, what causes kidney disease and how to keep the kidneys healthy.

10/28/2011: Gaining ground in limb replacement surgery

The first successful replantation of a human limb took place at the MGH in 1962. Now, nearly 50 years later, the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is in the process of reviewing potential candidates for the latest in medical advances – hand transplantation surgery.

09/16/2011: Andrew Johnson Bounces Back After Kidney Transplant

Toddler Andrew Johnson is thriving since receiving his mother’s kidney in a transplant at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

04/22/2011: SAC meeting

The 64th meeting of the MGH Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) on April 14 celebrated key accomplishments of MGH investigators, past and present, and examined strategies for meeting the challenges currently facing the academic biomedical research community.

04/15/2011: A grateful family thanks MGH Transplant Center staff

MGH Hotline 4.15.11 When 35-year-old Eric Walker was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2006, the life of the once energetic husband and father of three young children changed completely.

04/11/2011: Overcoming chronic kidney disease

When 14-year-old Kassie Holmes was faced with going back on dialysis or receiving a kidney transplant, Avram Traum, MD, recommended a transplant regiment that did not include steroids.

12/17/2010: In General 12.17.10

MGH Hotline 12.17.10 In General Awards and Honors

12/03/2010: Conquering Organ Rejection

A new breakthrough transplant procedure developed at Massachusetts General Hospital confirms that the problem of organ rejection after transplantation can be mitigated without using immunosuppressive drugs, sparing transplant recipients a lifetime of side effects.

12/03/2010: Transplant Center unfolds strategic vision and plan

MGH Hotline 12.3.10 Members of the MGH Transplant Center gathered in the Bigelow Amphitheater Nov. 17 to hear Joren Madsen, MD, DPhil, director of the MGH Transplant Center; Jay A. Fishman, MD, associate director of the center; and Debra J. Doroni, MBA, executive director of the center and the Department of Surgery, unveil the Transplant Center's new strategic plan.

11/03/2010: Confronting Cold and Flu Season: Advice for Transplant Recipients

Cold and flu season can be a tough time for organ transplant recipients. Mass General Transplant Center physician Camille Kotton, MD, offers advice on how to stay healthy during the winter months.

09/17/2010: MGH joins study of new heart-assist device

MGH Hotline 9.17.10 The MGH recently became the fifth site nationwide to participate in the study of an innovative rotary blood pump for late-stage heart failure patients.

08/27/2010: MGH Transplant Center hosts inaugural golf tournament

MGH Hotline 08.27.10 Nearly 100 golfers -- including MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD; MGPO Chairman and CEO David F. Torchiana, MD; and Chief of the MGH Division of Transplantation James F. Markmann, MD, PhD -- took to the links at the Weston Golf Club July 12 for the inaugural MGH Transplant Center Golf Classic.

08/06/2010: Chatting with Kimberly Parks, DO, of “Boston Med”

MGH Hotline 08.06.10 Kimberly Parks, DO, a transplant cardiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, is one of several physicians featured in "Boston Med."

12/15/2009: Transplant Center recognized for organ donation rate

The Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Transplant Center a Medal of Honor for its outstanding achievements in organ donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more eligible donors.

11/03/2009: Mass General experts discuss diabetes

Our physicians discuss the education, management and prevention of diabetes, a condition affecting nearly 24 million adults and children in the United States.

09/08/2009: Transplant Center recognized as a leader in patient education

Clinicians at the Transplant Center received a National Health Information Award for developing an outstanding patient education book and streamlining the patient evaluation process.

08/24/2009: From transplant to triumph

Seven years after undergoing a groundbreaking transplant procedure developed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Jennifer Searl competes in her third World Transplant Games in Australia.

06/04/2009: A strongman's second chance

In 2008, the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center completed the most heart transplants in the region. Personal trainer and strongman competitor, Jim Murphy, is one shining example of the great successes of the program.

04/29/2009: Transplant Center patients and donor families celebrate National Donate Life Month

The Transplant Center celebrated Donate Life Month by raising public awareness about the importance of organ donation and also extending thanks to the many organ donors and families who have given the generous gift of life to others.

03/06/2009: Martin awards honor top MGH basic and clinical research published in 2008

MGH Hotline 3.06.09 Two MGH research teams received the first annual Joseph B. Martin Research Awards at the Feb. 11 Celebration of Science Colloquium dinner held in conjunction with the annual Scientific Advisory Committee meeting.

01/16/2009: Mass General performs record-setting number of heart transplants in 2008

A record number for the program and more than any other medical center in New England, 28 patients received heart transplants at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2008.

01/09/2009: Continuing the legacy

MGH Hotline 010909 Willard M. Daggett, MD, retired MGH cardiac surgeon and founder of the MGH Laboratory of Surgical Cardiovascular Physiologic Research, mentored hundreds of surgical trainees during his 50-year career at the MGH.

12/01/2008: New procedure, new life

Eight years ago, Jennifer Searl used a handicapped permit to get around campus at the University of New Hampshire. Last October, Searl, 26, ran a half-marathon and felt so good afterward she immediately signed up for another. In between these two extremes lies not only a journey of a thousand steps, but one taken along a path Searl herself blazed - with help from the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center.

06/11/2008: Massachusetts General Hospital ranked on U.S. News national honor roll

The third oldest general hospital in the United States and the oldest and largest hospital in New England, Mass General continues its tradition of excellence today. The hospital is consistently ranked among the top five hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In 2008, Mass General was redesignated a Magnet hospital, the highest honor for nursing excellence awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

03/03/2008: Body building

If a starfish loses an arm, it simply grows another. If a salamander's tail is severed, a new one develops. Regrettably, humans lack such an astonishing capacity to regenerate tissue or organs that are lost or rendered useless because of disease, injury or birth abnormalities.

04/26/2012: RESOLVE New England

A Mind Body Approach to Enhancing Resiliency
In honor of Infertility Awareness Week, Leslee Kagan, MS, FNP of BHI was asked to be a guest blogger. In this article, she talks about the benefits of stress reduction and resiliency training for women struggling with infertility.

01/01/2011: Mass General Magazine

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Transplant Center Research: What Will We Discover Next?

At the Transplant Center, clinicians and scientists work side by side to develop innovative therapies that have revolutionized transplant medicine around the globe. These dynamic interactions are a unique strength of the center, leading to a number of groundbreaking "firsts" that continue to improve the lives of patients.

Trailer for Boston Med

Trailer for the eight-part documentary featuring clinicians at Mass General.

A heart transplant patient story: Mike Slama

For most of his life, Mike Slama has lived with a heart condition that could only be cured with transplantation. Listen to Mike share how his life changed when he received a new heart at the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center.

A story of organ donation: Frank and Johanne Bent

Frank and Johanne Bents' lives changed forever following the tragic death of the their 27-year-old son, Josh. Brought to the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center, the Bents made one of the most important decisions of their lives, organ and tissue donation.

Jennifer Searl talks about receiving a combined kidney and bone marrow transplant

When Massachusetts General Hospital gave Jennifer Searl the world’s first non-HLA-matched combined kidney and bone marrow transplant in 2002, it was more than just a scientific breakthrough. For Searl, it was the beginning of a new life.

Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine Kick Off on October 15

The Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine kicked off Oct. 15 at the Westin Waterfront Boston. Nearly 500 of Mass General’s closest friends and supporters gathered to celebrate the public launch of the fundraising campaign that aims to raise $1.5 billion for the hospital. Already, $1 billion of that amount has been raised.

Frank Robinson's Story

Watch 46-year-old Frank Robinson tell the story of his life-saving experience at Mass General after a massive coronary.

Celebrating 200 Years: 1811 - 2011

Since 1811, people have counted on Mass General for answers, innovations and medical leadership. As our third century dawns, we remain ready to serve.

Transplant Center patients share their stories

Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center patients reflect on their journeys. Meet Amy DeStefano, the first person in New England to receive a heart transplant using the new "heart in a box" technology; Thomas DeRigo, who received a single lung transplant; and Andrew Johnson, who as a toddler received his mother's kidney.

Single lung transplant has Thomas Derigo playing golf

Diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Thomas Derigo, a husband and father to two teenage girls, had only one option: lung transplantation. Under the expert care of his team at Mass General, Thomas’s transplantation was a success, giving him the ability to live life normally and do the things he loves the most.

The Johnsons: Mother donates kidney to toddler son

An ultrasound at 19 weeks showed that Andrew Johnson would be born with kidney functionality complications. Fortunately for Andrew, his mother was a compatible donor, and when he was strong enough, Andrew underwent kidney transplantation at MassGeneral Hospital for Children Transplant Center. “Everyone was so nervous that day,” Tara Johnson states. “I was elated.”

"Heart in a box" gives new life

For two years, Amy DeStefano struggled with increasing heart complications, leaving her needing a heart transplantation. Through one of Mass General’s clinical trials, Amy became the first person in New England to receive a "heart in a box" transplant. The device circulates blood through the donated heart, keeping it beating and giving doctors more time to perform a transplant.

Award-winning transplant care

View the Transplant Center’s latest awards for outstanding patient care and groundbreaking research.

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