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45 Years of Transplant Excellence

Key Milestones


​Kidney Transplant– Ohio State’s first solid organ transplant
1983​ ​One of the first centers in the U.S. to study cyclosporine, an immunosuppressant that revolutionized transplantation
1984 ​Liver Transplant – first in Ohio
1985 ​First Combined Kidney/Pancreas Transplant 
1986 ​First Heart Transplant
1998 ​First Lung Transplant
1999 ​First Double Lung Transplant
1999 ​First Minimally Invasive Kidney Donor Surgery
2005 ​First Combined Heart/Double Lung Transplant
2005 ​First Non-Related Living Donor Kidney Transplant
2006 ​One of very few sites in North America approved to process pancreatic islet cells for transplants that may cure type 1 diabetes
2011 ​First Islet Cell Transplant
​  2011 ​First Six-Way Kidney Transplant – the largest transplant chain ever performed in Ohio

Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center understands each transplant patient’s unique needs, and has the expertise to provide the very best care.


  • Ohio State’s team of specialty trained transplant experts includes disease specialists, transplant surgeons, infectious disease physicians, transplant coordinators, advanced practice nurses, social workers, psychiatrists and transplant pharmacists, all working together to provide high-quality, personalized care.
  • Ohio State’s role as an academic medical center gives our transplant patients access to the latest treatments and clinical trials, such as the islet cell transplant performed here in 2011 that may be a cure for type 1 diabetes.
  • Our physicians hold leadership positions in national transplant organizations like the United Network of Organ Sharing and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, working to advance the science, practice and policy of organ transplantation.
  • Our physicians have performed nearly 2,000 kidney donor surgeries using minimally invasive techniques, giving donors and recipients a more rapid recovery and return to their lives.
  • Ohio State has the expertise to treat high-risk patients who may not be accepted by other transplant programs.

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