About the Comprehensive Transplant Center

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Since 1968 when the first kidney transplant in Maryland was performed at one of our facilities, Johns Hopkins has been a leader in transplant innovation. In 1996, the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center was created to provide our patients with the best transplant experience possible. Our transplant team includes surgeons, physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, pharmacists, therapists, psychologists, and many other specialists trained in transplantation, who are committed to actively working with our patients through every step of the transplant process.

What Makes the Comprehensive Transplant Center Unique

Transplant surgeon Benjamin Philosophe, M.D., Ph.D., discusses what makes the Comprehensive Transplant Center unique, why patients should come to Johns Hopkins for an organ transplant and the advances in transplantation we offer, including those for patients who have been turned away by other programs.

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Innovation and Discoveries

Learn about some of our advancements in organ transplantation.

  1. 1968 (Location) : Paving the Way for Transplantation

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    We performed the first  kidney transplant  in Maryland.

  2. 1983 (Milestone) : Multi-Organ Transplantation Success

    Johns Hopkins surgeons completed the first  heart  and lung transplantation in the mid-Atlantic region.

  3. 1986 (Research) : The Pioneer in Liver Care

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    We performed the first  liver transplant  in the mid-Atlantic region.

  4. 1995 (Location) : The Era of Minimally Invasive Surgery

    We performed the first laparoscopic donor nephrectomy (minimally invasive kidney removal) in the world.

  5. 1996 (Image) : New Beginnings

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    The Comprehensive Transplant Center is formed, providing quality care for our patients.

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  6. 2003 (Research) : Six Lives Saved in One Procedure

    The first triple domino kidney paired donation transplant in the world was performed at our center.

  7. 2005 (Location) : Advancements in Kidney Transplantation


    Our surgeons completed the first five-way kidney paired donation transplant in the world.

  8. 2009 (Research) : Creating Safer Kidney Donations

    Johns Hopkins surgeons performed the first vaginal kidney donation operation in the world, possibly increasing the amount of kidney donors.

  9. 2012 (Image)

    The first bilaterial arm transplant is performed at Johns Hopkins
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  10. 2016 (Video) : First HIV-to-HIV Living Donor Kidney Transplant

    We performed the first reported HIV-to-HIV living donor kidney transplant in the U.S. and the first HIV-positive to HIV-positive liver transplant in the world.

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