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UCH: Pioneers in Transplant

Transplant services at University of Colorado Hosspital

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.

Among them:

  • 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.

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