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Transplant Milestones

Since its creation in 1966, UW Health's transplant program has been at the forefront of transplant innovation.
 
Year
Accomplishment
2012

The only Medicare-approved lung transplant program in Wisconsin

2011

Joined a national kidney exchange program for living donor kidney transplants

 

Became a National Liver Transplant Center for Veterans Administration

 

Participated in the nation's largest kidney exchange (30 pairs)

 

Reached 1 million registered donors on Wisconsin Donor Registry

2010 Wisconsin's first four-way paired donation kidney exchange | Read more
2009

The UW Health OPO honored the wishes of 142 organ donors, a new milestone

 

Twelve (of 12 eligible) hospitals in the UW Health OPO service area received the National Medal of Honor for their outstanding efforts in donation

 

Performed more kidney/pancreas transplants than any other program in the nation 12,000th organ transplant performed

 

Performed a record-breaking five heart transplants in the same week

 

Completed the state's first domino liver transplant

 

Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approval granted for all organ programs under new conditions of participation

2008

400th lung transplant performed

 

10,500th organ transplant performed

 

2,500th live donor kidney transplant performed

2007

1,500th liver transplant performed

 

First in the nation to perform a combined kidney/pancreas transplant post-desensitization using deceased-donor organs

 

600th heart transplant performed

 

1000th kidney/pancreas transplant performed, more than any other program in the world

2006
OPO receives three HHS national awards honoring their work to improve overall quality, conversion rates, DCD donors and organs transplanted per donor
 
First combined liver/pancreas transplant performed by Dr. Stuart Knechtle
 
Desensitization Program directs first sensitized and ABO incompatible kidney transplant
 
Ranked #1 kidney and kidney/pancreas transplant program in the nation, by volume
2005
1,000 heart and lung transplants performed
 
Pancreas transplant performed on the youngest recipient in the world
 
Ranked #1 kidney transplant program in the nation, by volume
 
Ranked #1 kidney/pancreas transplant program in the nation, by volume
2004
6000th kidney transplant performed
 
1,000th pancreas transplant performed
 
Initiated new protocol for highly-sensitized and ABO-incompatible living donor kidney, allowing greater number of patients to be eligible for kidney transplants
 
2,000th live donor kidney transplant performed
2003
Kidney transplant program ranked the largest program in the nation and the second largest in the world
 
Simulataneous kidney-pancreas transplant program ranked largest in nation
 
First "humanitarian" live donor kidney transplant performed
2002
500th heart transplant performed
 
First islet cell transplant performed in Wisconsin
2001
1,000th liver transplant performed
 
8,000th transplant performed
2000
UWHC OPO ranked second-largest OPO in the United States with 34 donors/million population
 
First laparoscopic donor nephrectomy performed by Dr. Anthony D'Alessandro
 
Second largest transplant program in the country performing 480 total transplants
 
Transplant division has secured more than $6 million for clinical trials since 1990
 
Islet cell transplantation project initiated
1999
First adult to adult living related liver transplant performed by Dr. Stuart Knechtle
 
Dr. Yolanda Becker and Dr. Hans Sollinger receive funding for xenotransplantation project, allowing the study of the use of animal organs for human transplantation)
1998
6,000th organ transplant performed
 
William Burlingham, PhD, describes the relationship between chimerism and tolerance in certain transplant recipients
1997
UWHC OPO ranked most effective in the United States
 
4000th kidney transplant performed
1996
UW Hospital and Clinics ranked second most active transplant center in the U.S.
 
500th pancreas transplant performed
1995
CellCept, studied by Dr. Hans Sollinger, approved by FDA
1994
1,000th live donor kidney transplant performed
 
200th heart transplant performed
 
500th liver transplant performed
 
First split liver transplant performed
1991
UW Hospital and Clinics Clinical Trials Department established
1990
First combined heart/lung transplant performed in Wisconsin
 
2,000th kidney transplant performed
1989
Lung transplant program established
 
First reduced liver transplant performed
 
UNOS certifies multi-organ transplant program
1988
Intestinal transplant program established by Dr. Anthony D'Alessandro
 
Multi-organ transplant program established
 
HCFA certifies UW Organ and Tissue Donation
1987
Dr. Folkert Belzer and UW Medical School biochemist Dr. James Southard, PhD, develop "UW solution," a cold storage organ solution now used worldwide
1984
Liver transplant program established by Dr. Munci Kalayoglu
1983
Dr. Hans Sollinger develops "Wisconsin Technique" used in pancreas transplantation
1982
Pancreas transplant program established
1974
Dr. Folkert Belzer and Robert Hoffman, developers of a kidney preservation machine, come to UW Hospital and Clinics from the University of California at San Francisco
1973
Heart transplant program established
1966
First kidney transplant performed at UW-Madison