UCH: Pioneers in Transplant
There have been many historic transplant stories at University of Colorado Hospital and by the physicians and researchers of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.
- First-ever liver transplant in the world. (1963)
- First successful double lung transplant on a cystic fibrosis patient in Colorado.
- Colorado ’s first solitary pancreas transplant to eliminate diabetes in a patient.
- First in utero stem cell transplant to save a fetus with a rare blood disorder.
- Opened a liver cell bank – one of the first in the country – to further research into new liver transplant procedures.
- First living-related liver transplant in Colorado.
- First living-related liver transplant on an adult with fulminant liver failure.
- Region’s first liver transplant from a non-related donor.
- One of the first in the nation to perform living-donor transplant surgery.
Transplant patients who come to University of Colorado Hospital are often very, very sick. Their survival depends on well-orchestrated care delivered by our highly-skilled, interdisciplinary transplant team.
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Transplant Surgeon Igal Kam, MD - 25th Anniversary Retrospective
In his 25 years at University of Colorado Hospital, transplant surgeon Igal Kam, MD, helped build the UCH transplant program into an internationally-recognized destination. In this video, colleagues offer their thoughts on Dr. Kam and his legacy.