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Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Lung Transplant Program Celebrates 25 Years
Date:7/17/2013

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) July 17, 2013

It was one of the first programs of its kind in the country. Now the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish lung transplant program is celebrating 25 years of changing lives.

The program’s first successful adult lung transplant was performed on July 17, 1988. Today, the program is one of the world’s largest, with surgeons completing more than 1,280 lung transplants to date.

“This is a milestone for our program and for our patients,” says Ramsey Hachem, MD, medical director of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish lung transplant program. “The program has garnered valuable experience over time and built a strong reputation. I’m very proud to say that we’ve taken care of many patients and done the best that can be done.”

“I think what distinguishes our program is an outstanding commitment to research and to taking what we’ve learned in the laboratory and applying it to patient care,” says G. Alexander Patterson, MD, Washington University chief of thoracic surgery and surgical director of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish lung transplant program. “It’s a remarkable accomplishment for the program to achieve the success and innovation that has occurred over the last 25 years.”

Dr. Patterson was a member of the University of Toronto team that performed the first successful lung transplant in 1983. Since joining the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center in 1991, he has helped to develop and mature the lung transplant program through experience and clinical research. Surgeons from around the world come to study with Dr. Patterson and his colleagues.

“Our results are as good as they are because the team who cares for our patients is terrific—that includes everyone from surgeons and pulmonologists to anesthesiologists and nurses,” says Dr. Patterson. “Successful outcomes in something as complicated as lung transplantation depe
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