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Pioneers in Transplant

University of Colorado Health has been making transplant history through the pioneering work of the physicians and researchers of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine who practice at the University of Colorado Hospital Transplant Center in metro Denver.

Transplant firsts

Among our achievements are:

  • First-ever liver transplant in the world (1963)
  • First successful double lung transplant on a cystic fibrosis patient in Colorado
  • Colorado’s first solitary pancreas transplant to eliminate diabetes in a patient
  • First in utero stem cell transplant to save a fetus with a rare blood disorder
  • Opened one of the first liver cell banks in the country to further research into new liver transplant procedures
  • First living-related liver transplant in Colorado
  • First living-related liver transplant on an adult with fulminant liver failure
  • Region’s first liver transplant from a non-related donor
  • One of the first in the nation to perform living-donor transplant surgery

Transplant surgeon Igal Kam, MD

In his 25 years at University of Colorado Hospital, transplant surgeon Igal Kam, MD, helped build our transplant program into an internationally recognized destination. In this video, colleagues offer their thoughts on Dr. Kam and his legacy.

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