Read the latest news releases and articles from the Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network below:
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
HRSA launched the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Modernization Initiative to better serve the needs of patients and families.Read the press release
First heart transplant performed 35 years ago
Tuesday, December 3, 2002
Surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant on a human being at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.
Board revises kidney policy to boost minority transplants
Thursday, November 14, 2002
Data suggest the policy change would allow more than 200 additional kidney transplants annually for minority patients.
Status of investigation into West Nile infection in organ transplant recipients
Friday, September 20, 2002
Officials are vigorously investigating possible cases of West Nile viral infection among transplant recipients.
Possible West Nile Virus transmission through organ transplantation
Monday, September 9, 2002
This alert notice provides a summary of the current status of the ongoing investigation of this case.
Board endorses studies of incentives to increase donation
Friday, June 28, 2002
A joint working group of interetested committees will offer recommendations on the development of such demonstration projects.
Board approves liver allocation policy refinements
Thursday, November 15, 2001
For most patients, priority for a transplant would be based primarily on a calculation of short-term risk of death without transplantation.
More than 50 thousand US patients waiting for kidney transplant
Friday, October 5, 2001
As of October 1, 2001, 78,350 people were on the national organ transplantation waiting list and 50,004 were awaiting a kidney.
Board president statement about national organ transplantation activity on and after September 11
Friday, September 21, 2001
Summary goes here
HHS secretary adds new members to organ transplantation advisory committee
Friday, August 17, 2001
Committee membership expanded from 20 to 41 members and more responsibilities were added.
Board condemns organ brokering
Friday, June 29, 2001
The board also called for U.S. transplant organizations to avoid any activities that may support the buying or selling of organs.
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