JACKSON, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s transplant team set an all time record in 2016 for kidney, liver and heart transplants, according to Dr. Christopher Anderson, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery.
Of particular note is the rise in heart transplants through the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. As of Dec. 1, 16 patients had received a new heart during 2016. That compares to just four hearts in 2013, increasing to nine in 2014 and 13 in 2015.
“Three factors came into play,” adds Dr. Charles Moore, professor of cardiology. “We have a new head of cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Anthony Panos. He’s brought new enthusiasm for transplants and given us an additional transplant surgeon,” Moore says. “Also, organ recovery in the state has increased and thirdly, referrals of patients in need of transplants are on the rise.”
It should be noted that UMMC’s transplant program has a long and illustrious history. More than 53 years ago on June 11, 1963, Dr. James D. Hardy and his surgical team became the first to successfully transplant a lung from one human to another.