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.
Innovation and Discoveries
Learn about some of our advancements in organ transplantation.
1968 (Location): Paving the Way for Transplantation
We performed the first kidney transplant in Maryland.
1983 (Milestone): Multi-Organ Transplantation Success
Johns Hopkins surgeons completed the first heart and lung transplantation in the mid-Atlantic region.
1986 (Research): The Pioneer in Liver Care
We performed the first liver transplant in the mid-Atlantic region.
1995 (Location): The Era of Minimally Invasive Surgery
We performed the first laparoscopic donor nephrectomy (minimally invasive kidney removal) in the world.
1996 (Image): New Beginnings
The Comprehensive Transplant Center is formed, providing quality care for our patients.
2003 (Research): Six Lives Saved in One Procedure
The first triple domino kidney paired donation transplant in the world was performed at our center.
2005 (Location): Advancements in Kidney Transplantation
Our surgeons completed the first five-way kidney paired donation transplant in the world.
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.
2012 (Image)The first bilaterial arm transplant is performed at Johns Hopkins
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.