Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center - Houston, TX

Transplant history timeline

1963     Houston Methodist surgeons perform the hospital’s first organ transplant, a kidney.

1968     Dr. Michael E. DeBakey performs one of the world’s first heart transplants at Houston Methodist.

1968     The world's first multi-organ donor saves four lives with a heart, a lung, and two kidneys at Houston Methodist.

1985     Houston Methodist surgeons perform their first liver transplant and Texas’ first heart-lung transplant.

1987     The nation’s first successful single lung transplant is performed at Houston Methodist.

1990     Houston Methodist's first kidney-pancreas transplant.

1993     First pancreas transplant at Houston Methodist.

2000     Houston Methodist surgeons implant the nation’s first MicroMed DeBakey-Noon ventricular assist device.

2002     Texas’ first islet transplant is performed at Houston Methodist.

2004     Houston Methodist surgeons perform the first heart-liver transplant in Texas.

2005     The world’s first multi-organ transplant in a patient with a ventricular assist device takes place at Houston Methodist.

2006     A Houston Methodist patient becomes the world’s first to undergo chemotherapy while implanted with a ventricular assist device.

2008     Houston Methodist surgeons perform the hospital’s first islet autograft for pancreatitis, a procedure in which islets from the patient’s own pancreas are extracted and transplanted into the liver to enable continuing insulin production without the need for immunosuppressive drugs.’

2009     The first community clinic of the Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center opens in Sugar Land, and Houston Methodist surgeons perform the first three-way kidney swap, the first lung-liver transplant and the first bloodless lung transplant for a Jehovah's Witness.

2010     The Methodist Transplant Center is renamed the Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center in honor of Texas philanthropist and heart recipient J.C. Walter Jr.

2011     Houston Methodist participates in the nation's longest cross-country kidney swap, with 30 donors and 30 recipients, a second transplant community clinic opens in West Houston, and the Transplant Center establishes a formal partnership with UMC Health System in Lubbock, Texas.

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Referral requests: If you’re a referring physician or a patient who would like to schedule a transplant evaluation, please call our Referral center at 713-441-5451.