Celebrating 50 Years of Extending Lives Through Transplantation

Milestones at the Henry Ford Transplant Institute

 

1968

  • First in metro Detroit to perform a kidney transplant

1971

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

1973

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

1985

  • First Detroit hospital to perform a heart transplant
  • 1985

1987

  • First pancreas transplant performed at Henry Ford Hospital

1989

  • First in Detroit to perform a liver transplant

1991

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

1994

  • First in Detroit to perform a lung transplant
  • 1994

1996

  • 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

2000

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

2004

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

2005

  • 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

2008

  • 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

2009

  • 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

2010

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

2013

  • First in Michigan to perform lung-liver transplant

2014

  • 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

2015

  • First adult heart-liver transplant in Michigan
  • 2015

2016

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

2017

  • Henry Ford Hospital’s first artificial heart transplant performed
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