Friday, March 1, 2013

Celebrating 50 years of transplantation


“Our early patients knew they were pioneers,” says Paul S. Russell, MD, senior surgeon and emeritus chief of the MGH Transplantation Unit. “Tremendous progress has been made since those early days.”

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.

“The impressive successes achieved in transplantation over the last 50 years at the MGH have left us with a solid foundation for future advancements,” says Joren C. Madsen, MD, DPhil, director of the MGH Transplant Center. “Looking ahead to the next 50 years, progress in the understanding and application of immune tolerance will help make the use of animal organs in human transplantation a reality. Likewise, advances in stem cell biology will contribute to the use of novel bioengineered organs. Due to these future advances and many others, there will likely be no shortage of donor organs, and many more lives will be saved. That truly
will be a wonderful thing.”

To celebrate its five-decade milestone, the center will host a continuing medical education course, as well as a reception April 8 at the Liberty Hotel.

Read more articles from the 02/01/13 Hotline issue.

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