Joren Madsen, MD, DPhil, director of the MGH Transplant Center and co-director of the Center for Transplantation Science, received a special pair of sneakers for his birthday this year, designed by his niece Kendall Gregory, a graphic design student at Boston University.

“I started by incorporating a series of transplant-related images and symbols, such as the MGH shield,” says Gregory. “From there, I sketched out a couple of shoe mock-ups before outlining the final design in pencil and tracing with thin black lines before coloring in and creating patterns to surround the images.” Gregory has designed more than 20 pairs of custom sneakers, with each taking 8 to 10 hours to complete.

“This was such a wonderful birthday surprise capturing my passion for transplantation, surgery, science and the MGH – all in a pair of shoes!” says Madsen, who displays them proudly in his MGH office.

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