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Baylor Firsts 

Baylor is one of only a few hospitals in the nation whose surgeons and physicians have performed more than 7,300 organ transplants, including more than 3,100 liver transplants, making Baylor one of the largest multi-specialty transplant centers in the country. Studies show that the more times a hospital performs a procedure, the better its success rate.

Through the dedication of the transplant medical staff, Baylor has been "first" in a number of areas and is credited with:

  • North Texas' first islet cell transplant
  • Nations first certified VAD program
  • Texas' first matched unrelated donor bone marrow transplant
  • Southwest's first adult liver transplant
  • The world's first extra-corporeal perfusion (bridge to transplant) using a genetically engineered pig liver, allowing the patient to survive and successfully undergo liver transplantation
  • North Texas' first split-liver procedure, in which the surgeon divides a donor liver into two lobes for a pediatric and adult recipient
  • North Texas' first adult-to-adult living donor liver transplant procedure
  • North Texas' first heart/lung/heart "domino" procedure, in which a patient with terminal emphysema received a single heart and two lungs, while another patient with cardiomyopathy received the good heart from the patient with emphysema
  • North Texas' first paired kidney donor transplant
  • North Texas' only living liver donor program