1993 | First Liver Transplant

Michael Abecassis, MD (center), founding director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center, performing a liver transplant in 1993.


Although Northwestern Memorial Hospital conducted its first kidney transplant in 1964, it did not expand its services to include liver transplantation until 1993. The growth of transplantation in the years since is staggering: The Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center has completed nearly 5,000 kidney transplants and 2,000 liver transplants since the program began. Still, today some 114,000 people suffer from organ failure and are on the national waiting list for organs. More than 95,000 are waiting for kidneys and roughly 14,000 are waiting for livers, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.