Years of Lifesaving Organ Transplants

Since 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 established team of specialty trained transplant experts includes: 

  • Disease specialists
  • Transplant surgeons
  • Infectious disease physicians
  • Transplant coordinators
  • Advanced practice providers
  • Social workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Transplant pharmacists

Being an academic medical center allows us access to the latest treatments and clinical trials of new immunosuppressive drugs and anti-rejection therapies. Our current standard of care is using prednisone-free immunosuppressive medications, a regimen available to about one quarter of all patients in the United States.

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

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