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Robert Montgomery '82, director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, led the first 16-patient multicenter "domino donor" kidney transplant and was subsequently the subject of a variety of national news reports about the feat.

Surgical teams at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit successfully completed the first eight-way, multihospital, domino kidney transplant. The transplant involved eight donors - three men and five women along with eight organ recipients - three men and five women. "All Johns Hopkins patients are in good condition and are recovering as anticipated," Montgomery stated to the press.

Montgomery was awarded an honorary degree at St. Lawrence's Commencement in 2007 for his pioneering work in the organ-transplant field.

To find out more information about the 16-patient endeavor, read the official press release from Johns Hopkins.

An interview with Montgomery on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" is also online.

Posted: July 9, 2009

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