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From Miraculous to
STANDARD OF CARE
Celebrating 50 years of transplantation at UVA

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nce considered impossible and miraculous, transplantation is standard therapy now for an array
of diseases that attack the heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and, most commonly, the kidneys. It's far
superior, for example, to dialysis as a treatment for end-stage
kidney failure. Donated organs can extend someone's life by
years or even decades.

BY KELLY CASEY

UVA Health System began its transplant program 50 years
ago. Since then, more than 1,900 people have received a
donated kidney, and 1,400 others have received a new liver.
During this time, UVA researchers have also helped to shape
how transplant programs around the world care for their
patients. Here's a look at major milestones over the past
half-century. ■

Transplant at UVA:

THEN AND NOW

The first solid organ, a
kidney, is transplanted
at UVA. Early on, organ
transplants were between
twins, but as anti-rejection
medications improved,
other blood relatives and
then unrelated people
could be donors.

1984
1967

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W IN TER 2 0 1 7

UVA performs 1,000th liver
transplant-becoming the
first hospital in the Virginias
and Carolinas to reach
this milestone.

UVA becomes the only
approved liver transplant
center between Baltimore
and Atlanta.

UVA performs its first
bone marrow transplant.
By the end of the decade,
UVA establishes transplant
programs in heart, kidney,
pancreas, lung and liver.

2007
1993

UVA achieves the nation's
best one-year survival rate
for lung transplant.

2010



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