50 years of Liver Transplant operations

For nearly 10 years after the first liver transplant at Addenbrooke’s in 1968, Denver and Cambridge were the only two centres with regular programs of clinical liver transplantation; today in the UK alone there are seven. Patient care for recipients of a liver transplant has developed into a multi-disciplinary team approach including: hepatologists, liver transplant …

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The first successful Liver Transplant operation at Addenbrooke’s

On 2 May 1968, Professor of Surgery, Sir Roy Calne, performed the first successful liver transplant in Europe at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. The patient was a 46-year-old woman with hepatocellular carcinoma, a primary form of liver cancer; the donor was a child with viral meningitis. When the details of the donor and recipient were discussed amongst …

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50th anniversary of the first successful European liver transplant

Today in 1968 the first successful European liver transplant was carried out at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, on Trumpington Street, Cambridge, and to mark this groundbreaking event we have created a new display in the Hospital Museum. On 2 May 1968, Professor of Surgery, Sir Roy Calne, performed the first successful liver transplant in Europe at Addenbrooke’s …

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Renal Transplant and Dialysis Unit

The Annual Report of 1965-1966 reported that work had commenced on the establishment of a Renal Transplant and Dialysis Unit at Douglas House under the direction of Professor Roy Calne, who was appointed to the Chair of Surgery in October 1965.  ‘The treatment now available in this unit has not previously been provided in Cambridge …

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