Welcome to the NewYork-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Transplant Programs

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center with The Rogosin Institute proudly announces the 50th anniversary of our transplant program. As the first transplant program in the New York metropolitan area, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center transplanted its first patient in 1963 and has performed over 4,200 transplants to date as one of the highest volume kidney transplant centers in the nation. Since its inception, the program has maximized transplant opportunities for patients through cutting-edge research in our world-renowned laboratory, advanced surgical techniques, national kidney exchanges, and a unique multidisciplinary treatment approach to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Below is an overview of the historical milestones highlighting ways the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Transplant Program has been a leader in the field of transplantation and transforms the lives of patients.

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Year Description
1962 NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell surgeons and Rogosin Institute* nephrologists establish the first kidney transplant program in the New York tri-state area.
* Formerly The New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical College and Rogosin Kidney Center
1963 Performs first living-related kidney transplant in the New York tri-state area
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1964 Performs our first pediatric transplant on a 16 year old recipient
1965 Performs first deceased donor kidney transplant in the New York tri-state area
1968 Becomes one of the first programs in the country to utlize the Belzer kidney perfusion machine to preserve kidney function.
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1970 NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell kidney recipient Immaculata Brennan becomes the first woman in the New York metropolitan area and fourth woman in the world to give birth to a child post-transplant. She later becomes the second transplant recipient on record to have three children.
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1984 Performs 1,000th kidney transplant
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1985/86 The Rogosin Institute Immunogenetics and Transplantation Laboratory (IGT) is established as one of the first laboratories to provide testing for transplant patients, allowing for them to find a near perfect donor match. The lab is now one of the largest of its kind in the nation, serving five independent transplant centers.
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1994 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital establishes Department of Transplantation Medicine and Extracorporeal Therapy
1996 Performs our first pancreas transplant.
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1998 Begins performing hand assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomies as alternative to open recovery for kidney donors
1999 Performs 2,000th kidney transplant
2000 Begins pure laparoscopic approach for living kidney donor surgery, significantly minimizing scarring during recovery of the organs
2001 Pioneers molecular method to detect kidney transplant rejection
2001 Establishes steroid-avoidance program, enabling close to 1,500 kidney transplant patients to be steroid-free
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2003 Performs positive crossmatch transplant- utilizing desensitization protocol
2004 NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell performs the first successful pancreatic islet cell transplant in the New York tri-state area on three patients with Type 1 diabeties, freeing them from insulin dependence
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2007 Performs ABO incompatible blood type living donor transplant, facilitating successful transplants between donors and recipients of different blood types.
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2007 Performed 3,000th kidney transplant
2008 Performs the National Kidney Registry's first paired kidney donor chain, resulting in five transplants. This innovative approach vastly maximizes the potential for transplants by utlizing altruistic donors to facilitate domino kidney chains.
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2008 Initiates the first cross-country living donor chain in the U.S.
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2009 Initiates single-site donor nephrectomies: donor kidney recovery through the navel. NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell becomes one of the largest living donor programs in the U.S.
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2011 Establishes the Living Donor Kidney Center, one of the most comprehensive online resources for living kidney donation.
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2011 Transplants two donor-recipient pairs in a 60-person donor chain profiled in New York Times, the longest cross-country transplant chain in the U.S.
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2012 Performs 4,000th kidney transplant, positioning NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital System with the highest kidney transplant volumes in the nation.
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2013 NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital ranks # 3 by US News & World Report for Treatment of Kidney Disorders
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2013 NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell pioneering research is published in New England Journal of Medicine on multicenter study using urine markers to predict and prevent kidney transplant rejection.
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Division of Transplantation Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College
525 East 68 Street, Box 98
New York, NY 10065

Phone: (212) 746-3099
Fax: (212) 746-3100
Email: transplant@med.cornell.edu