In 1954, Joseph E. Murray, MD performed the first successful human organ transplant at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, which later became Brigham and Women's Hospital.
In 1990, Dr. Murray received a Nobel Prize in recognition of his work in organ transplantation, including the development of immunosuppressive therapy to reduce organ rejection. Since that time, transplant physicians at Brigham and Women's Hospital have achieved more firsts in organ transplantation in New England, including multiple organ transplants on the same day from an individual donor and multiple transplants on the same day from multiple donors.
Recently, BWH physicians achieved another transplant milestone by completing composite tissue allograft transplantation. This procedure allows surgeons to take something as complex as a face or arm and transplant it. In 2009, surgeons at Brigham and Women's Hospital performed the first full face transplant in the U.S.
Michael J. Zinner, MD, Chairman, Department of Surgery, and Bohdan Pomahac, MD, Director, Center for Facial Restoration and Director, Burn Center, discuss transplant innovations over the past 60 years at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the future of organ transplantation.
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