Expertise to Provide the Very Best in Patient Care

Very-Best-in-Patient-CareSince our transplant program first began in 1967, the Comprehensive Transplant Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has become a world leader in lifesaving care and transplant research, providing heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas and kidney-pancreas transplants.

  • Our team of specialty-trained transplant experts includes disease specialists, transplant surgeons, infectious disease physicians, transplant coordinators, advanced practice providers, social workers, psychiatrists and transplant pharmacists, all working together to provide high-quality, personalized care.
  • As an academic medical center, our physician scientists are researching ways to improve immune system acceptance of new organs, surgical outcomes and the molecular biology behind organ injury and repair. We currently perform ex-vivo perfusion to rehabilitation donated kidneys, lungs, livers and hearts that were once considered unusable as well as transplant Hepatitis-C positive kidneys, livers and hearts.
  • Our physicians hold leadership positions in national transplant organizations, including the United Network for Organ Sharing and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, working to advance the science, practice and policy of organ transplantation.
  • Our researchers are increasing efforts to treat diseases causing organ failure with the development of Total Transplant Care Program (TTCP) – a process to obtain patient-approved biological samples and medical history information to be studied that may change the way we prevent, diagnose and treat organ diseases and perform transplantations in the future.
  • Our in-house Organ Recovery Team and Clinical Histocompatibility (tissue typing) Laboratory provide seamless and efficient coordination prior to surgery, providing faster time to transplant for better patient outcomes.
  • Each year, nearly 600 people receive the gift of life: an organ transplant at the Ohio State Comprehensive Transplant Center.

Transplant Firsts at Ohio State

1967

Living donor kidney transplant (Ohio State’s first 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

Pancreas transplant

1986

Heart transplant

1988

Combined kidney-pancreas transplant

1998

Lung transplant

1999

Double lung transplant

Laparoscopic kidney donor surgery

2005

Combined heart-double lung transplant kidney paired donation

2006

One of very few sites in North America approved to process pancreatic islet cells for transplantation that may cure type 1 diabetes

Fourth institution in the country certified to implant the temporary CardioWest™ Total Artificial Heart, which serves as a bridge to transplant

2011

Islet cell transplant

Six-way kidney transplant – largest living donor kidney transplant chain performed in Ohio to date

2016

Lung-kidney transplant (only 37 performed is U.S. since 1995)

One of only 20 centers nationwide chosen to participate in the NOVEL clinical trial with XVIVO Perfusion, potentially doubling the donor pool of lungs for transplantation

2017

Split liver transplant

2018

Living donor liver transplant (one of two locations able to perform in Ohio)

One of a select few transplant centers currently involved in the normo thermic ex-vivo liver perfusion clinical phase study

2019

Heart-liver transplant

2020

Eight-way kidney transplant – largest single-institution living donor kidney transplant chain performed in Ohio to date

2021

Milestones achieved for 11,000th solid organ transplant (all organs) and 1,000th cardiothoracic transplant (hearts and lungs)

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