DALLAS, February 12th, 2016 – Surgical teams at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas transplanted the 4000th liver in the history of the hospital’s transplant program February 3rd. The milestone is a first for any hospital system in Texas and one that only two other transplant programs in the country have achieved.
“This is an extraordinary accomplishment and a testament to the dedication, expertise and compassion of our dedicated professionals who work so hard to improve the lives of our patients and their families,” said Goran Klintmalm, MD, PhD, FACS, chief and chairman of Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute.
Klintmalm is an internationally recognized pioneer in liver transplantation. He started the transplant program at Baylor University Medical Center, performing the first liver transplant in December of 1984.Thirty-one years later, he led the surgical team that performed the 4000th liver procedure on patient Joseph Frink. Frink, a 55 year old engineer from Rowlett Texas, suffered from nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or a buildup of fat on the liver, and needed a new organ to survive.
“I want to thank the donor for this amazing gift, it is overwhelming knowing I have this second chance at life,” said Frink. “It has only been a few days, but it is amazing how much better I already feel,” he added.
Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute is one of the busiest multi-specialty transplant centers in the world. It is home to a highly experienced team of physicians and other clinicians who provide comprehensive transplant services. A leader in solid organ transplant in the United States, Baylor Simmons Transplant Institute has successfully transplanted more than 8,200 organs over the last 30 years.