Less than 10% of all adult transplant centers across the U.S. have performed more than 10,000 organ transplants!
Celebrating 10,000 solid organ transplantsThe Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is leading the way in organ transplantation, celebrating 10,000 solid organ transplants since its first transplant, a kidney, 52 years ago. Less than 10% of adult transplant centers in the United States have achieved this milestone.
Press Release: Ohio State Comprehensive Transplant Center performs 10,000th transplant surgery
Fifty-two years after its first transplant surgery, a kidney in 1967, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Comprehensive Transplant Center has hit the 10,000 transplant mark. Ranked 14th by volume in the United States in 2018, Ohio State is home to central Ohio’s only adult transplant center caring for patients with diseases of the heart, lung, kidney, liver and pancreas.
One of the longest living patients with a transplanted organ at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Comprehensive Transplant Center shares his story59 year old Steve Mellum has been living with a transplanted kidney for nearly 36 years. This college professor has the distinction of being one of the longest living patients with a single transplanted organ, a kidney transplanted in 1983 at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Steve was 23 years old when his kidneys failed. His younger sister Mary proved to be a near perfect match as a living kidney donor.
Our Pinwheel Garden
Every April the front plaza of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center becomes a beautiful tribute to the power of organ donation. Transplant recipients and volunteers will plant over 10,000 pinwheels this coming April, each representing a lifesaving transplant performed at Ohio State since 1967.