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University of Iowa team performs center’s 5,000th organ transplant

University of Iowa team performs center’s 5,000th organ transplant
The University of Iowa Organ Transplant Center has performed its 5,000th solid organ transplant. The surgery took place in March, and the liver recipient is making a steady recovery. Photo by Susan McClellen and courtesy of UI Health Care.

Leaders of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Organ Transplant Center announced the program performed its 5,000th solid organ transplant in March 2015, when a patient received a new liver.

The UI Organ Transplant Center, which also serves the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Iowa City, performed its first transplant—a kidney—in 1969. It was the state’s first transplant program and remains the only multi-organ, comprehensive transplant program in Iowa serving both adult and pediatric patients.

“We are both humbled and honored to be part of this historic milestone for Iowa’s transplant program and patients,” says Alan Reed, MD, MBA, Professor of Surgery and Director of the UI Organ Transplant Center.

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