Celebrating 50 years of firsts with the University of Minnesota Transplant Program

In 1963, Joyce Wallin received a kidney from her twin sister at the University of Minnesota to become the state’s first successful kidney transplant recipient.

In the 50 years since then, our transplant program has helped more than 8,000 kidney transplant patients and completed more than 13,000 organ transplants. Our program is one of the largest and most experienced in the country, and we have an extraordinary legacy of excellence in patient care, surgical outcomes, research and training. We've performed many "world's first" transplantations, including intestinal, allo-islet cell, and pancreas—plus many more "firsts" in the state (see our interactive timeline below for a detailed history).

This fall, we are proud to look back on 50 years of transplant innovation while moving forward with research and innovation to improve the care of transplant recipients into the future. We invite you to celebrate our milestone with two premier events: a black tie gala, open to the public, as well as a patient education conference, open to our patients and their families.

Looking Back to Move Forward: 50th Anniversary Transplant Gala
Friday, Oct. 18
6:30-10:30 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center
For event details or to register, sponsor or donate, visit uofmmedicalcenter.org/50yeargala or call 763-548-1313

Life After Transplant: 50th Anniversary Transplant Patient Education Conference
Saturday, Oct. 19
7:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center
For full event details and to register, visit uofmmedicalcenter.org/lifeaftertransplant or call 612-672-7272. 

Scroll through the interactive timeline below to learn more about the University of Minnesota's remarkable history in organ transplantation—from our first kidney transplant in 1963 to our 8,000th in 2013.


Timeline: Solid organ transplantation at the University of Minnesota, 1963-2013 



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