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Organ Transplant Pioneers Celebrate Baylor Regional Transplant Institute's 25th Anniversary
Date:11/27/2009

DALLAS, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Considered a highly risky and controversial medical procedure only 25 years ago, solid organ transplantation is now a life-saving mainstream operation thanks to the extraordinary men and women who gathered at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas on Nov. 11. Leaders came together from medical centers around the world to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Baylor Regional Transplant Institute (BRTI), one of the pioneers of solid organ transplant in the United States.

It was 25 years ago that Baylor Health Care System chose to perform a highly publicized liver transplant on five-year-old Amie Garrison, a personal ward of then-First Lady Nancy Reagan. Within hours of BHCS president and CEO Boone Powell Jr. agreeing to the operation, teams from Pennsylvania, Indiana and Canada mobilized to perform the time-sensitive surgery. The event christened BRTI as one of the first three transplant centers in the United States, and set the tone for BRTI's leadership for decades to come.

"This is truly an event to celebrate. Baylor Regional Transplant Institute has proven time and again that it deserves its place as a leader in transplantation," said Thomas Starzl, M.D., Ph.D., best known as the father of modern solid organ transplantation.

Today, BRTI is recognized internationally as having one of the finest kidney, liver and pancreas transplant programs in the world and one of the largest multi-specialty transplant centers in the United States.

BRTI has saved numerous lives, performing more than 6,900 solid organ transplants. It is one of few institutions in the world that has successfully performed more than 3,000 liver transplants. It currently participates in more than 120 research protocols and has trained more than 35 transplant surgeons and six hepatologists, many of whom have gone on to lead major transplant programs around the world.

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