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Penn Medicine Establishes Hand Transplant Program
Date:12/17/2010

continue our three-pronged mission of striving for clinical, educational and research excellence now in CTA."

The experience and expertise of the Penn Transplant Institute extends beyond single organ transplants such as heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas - to multi-organs such as heart/kidney and liver/lung. The success rates for all of Penn's transplant programs are equal to, and in most cases exceed, the national averages as reported by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Penn maintains this record of successful outcomes even though its physicians and surgeons are treating some of the sickest patients.

"This region leads the nation in the number of individuals and families who say yes to organ and tissue donation," added Howard M. Nathan, president and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program. "The generosity of these families enables thousands of men, women and children to receive a second chance at life through transplantation each year."

Only three other medical centers in the United States have performed hand transplants and only about 50 people in the world have received hand transplants since the first successful operation was performed in France in 1998. The first documented case in the world was performed in Ecuador in 1964 but was unsuccessful as it was performed before the development of modern immunosuppressive medications. To date, nine people have received hand transplant in the U.S., including three bi-lateral hand transplant recipients.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $3.6 billion enterprise.

Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #2 in U.S. News & World R
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