The History of Kidney Transplants


If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with kidney disease, arming yourself with knowledge is very beneficial. The National Kidney Foundation offers in depth information and a history of kidney disease. Here is an overview of the history of kidney transplants:


Dr. Joseph Murray and Dr. David Hume performed the first living-related kidney transplant at Brigham Hospital in Boston.


The same team of Dr. David Hume and Dr. Joseph Murray performed a successful transplant from a deceased donor.


At the University of Minnesota a pancreas and kidney were successfully transplanted by Dr. Richard Lillehei and Dr. William Kelly.


Uniform Donor Card becomes a legal document for any adult to donate organs upon death.


Medicare coverage of kidney transplants and renal dialysis is instituted.


Cyclosporine is approved by the FDA. This drug is the most successful anti-rejection medication up to this point.


A nationwide computer registry is managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing. Also, it is prohibited to sell or buy organs in the U.S.


Hospitals are required to identify potential donors and speak to families about organ donation.


Prograf is approved by the FDA for transplant recipients. This medication is an advancement in understanding the rejection response in humans, and helps lessen side effects.


Breakthrough research is announce from the Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery that gives hope that acute transplant rejection might be avoided without needing immunosuppressant drugs long term.


For the first time there are more living organ donors in the U.S. than deceased donors.


The National Kidney Foundation creates a federal fund to help assist living donors with expenses related to organ donation.


The Big Ask / The Big Give initiative is launched by the National Kidney Foundation to help improve the chance for living donation for those with kidney disease.

If you are looking for a way to help those with kidney disease than you should consider vehicle donation. The donation of a vehicle to The National Kidney Foundation will directly benefit those who live with kidney disease and their loved ones. The NKF is dedicated to helping increase awareness, promote prevention, and help the treatment of kidney disease.