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Transplant services

The Transplant team at Papworth carry out heart, lung and heart-lung transplants on patients from across the United Kingdom.
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Specialist services

The multidisciplinary transplant team at Papworth also provides additional specialist heart and lung services.
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Transplant history

Papworth Hospital has been leading the way in transplantation for over 30 years.
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Transplant team

The Papworth Hospital team has accumulated over 30 years' of experience in transplantation.
Transplantation at Papworth Hospital

History of Papworth Transplantation

Papworth Hospital has been leading the way in transplantation for over 30 years.
Transplantation of cardiothoracic organs began at Papworth Hospital in January 1979, with the first successful heart transplant by Sir Terence English. Following the appointment of our first transplant service director, Professor John Wallwork, who had completed his medical training at Stanford, USA under the direction of Professor Norman Shumway, the first successful heart-lung transplant was carried out in 1984, followed by the first heart-lung, liver transplant in the world in October, 1986. Since 1991, all types of cardiopulmonary transplants have been carried out which include both single and bilateral lung transplants.

Leading the way in transplant - a timeline

1979 - UK’s first successful heart transplant operation

1984 - UK’s first successful heart and lung transplant

1985 - World’s first transbronchial biopsy to detect rejection in lung transplants

1986 - World’s first heart, lung and liver transplant

1988 - Papworth Hospital’s first single lung transplant

1991 - Papworth Hospital’s first bi-lateral lung transplant

1992 - Papworth Hospital’s first Ventricular Assist Device implant

2006 - UK’s first beating heart transplant, using the organ care system

2010 - First clinical EVLP case

2011 - UK’s First Total Artificial Heart patient to go home

2011 - Two thousand transplanted patients milestone achieved

2015 - Europe's first non-beating (DCD) heart transplant

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