Celebrating 50 Years of Extending Lives Through Transplantation

Milestones at the Henry Ford Transplant Institute



  • First in metro Detroit to perform a kidney transplant


  • Henry Ford surgeon Dr. Stanley Dienst is a founding member of the Transplant Society of Michigan network for sharing donor kidneys
  • 1971


  • First in Michigan to perform a kidney transplant for a diabetic patient


  • First Detroit hospital to perform a heart transplant
  • 1985


  • First pancreas transplant performed at Henry Ford Hospital


  • First in Detroit to perform a liver transplant


  • First in Michigan to use peripheral blood stem cell for transplantation


  • First in Detroit to perform a lung transplant
  • 1994


  • One of the first in Michigan, and only two dozen in the U.S., to perform a cross-racial living kidney transplant
  • 1996 Kidney

  • First in Michigan to perform a split-liver transplant
  • 1996 Split Liver


  • First in Michigan to perform adult–to-adult living donor split-liver transplant
  • 2000


  • The Henry Ford Transplant Institute is established, with Dr. Marwan Abouljoud as director


  • Developed first active laparoscopic liver surgery program in Michigan, laying the groundwork for laparoscopic living liver donor surgery three years later
  • 2005

  • One of a few U.S. centers to offer laparoscopic donor kidney removal with the daVinci Robotic Surgical System


  • First in Michigan to perform laparoscopic living liver donor surgery
  • 2008

  • First in the U.S. to incorporate patient and peer support by launching the Transplant Living Community
  • 2008 TLC


  • Henry Ford Hospital marks its 1,000th liver transplant
  • First in Michigan to participate in a domino donor kidney transplant, in which eight people receive a kidney from eight unrelated donors at four hospitals in four states


  • First and only center in Michigan performing modified multivisceral (stomach, small bowel and pancreas) transplant
  • 2010 2


  • First in Michigan to perform lung-liver transplant


  • First in Michigan to perform robotic kidney transplant
  • 2014 2

  • Michigan’s first double-cord blood transplant performed at Henry Ford Hospital
  • First in Michigan to use Donation after Cardiac Death for lung transplant


  • First adult heart-liver transplant in Michigan
  • 2015


  • First in the Midwest and third in the world to use the TransMedic Liver Perfusion machine for liver transplant
  • 2016


  • Henry Ford Hospital’s first artificial heart transplant performed
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