Throwback Thursday: Study the Past to Define the Future

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Front row center, is the chairman of the department of surgery, Dr. William A. Altemeier – known as the most prestigious endowed chair in the Department of Surgery. The only two holders of this chair are the two surgeons who led transplantation here in Cincinnati for its first half century, Dr. J. Wesley Alexander and Dr. E. Steve Woodle. Pictured in the last row, third from the right, is Dr. Wesley Alexander, founder of transplantation in Cincinnati.


Today we are enjoying this throwback to this UC College of Medicine residency class of 1958-59 which exemplifies the importance of residency and fellowship training in that many of our current transplant specialists received training within the UC College of Medicine.

For over 50 years, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine has offered graduate medical education (GME) in support of practicing residents and fellows by providing high quality learning experiences in partnership with UC Health. These GME opportunities, which include residency and fellowship programs, are crucial to the development of both clinical and professional skillsets.

As a national leader in organ transplantation for over 45 years with a very active kidney and kidney-pancreas transplant program, the University of Cincinnati Transplant Program is currently training two fellows. The department is also staffed by transplant nephrologists, transplant surgeons, and a full complement of ancillary professionals including pharmacists, social workers and transplant immunology personnel.

Now We Join in Celebration

As we celebrate 50 years of providing excellence in transplantation, breakthrough treatments and compassionate coordination of care to the region, we invite you to join us in a 50-day countdown to the anniversary of the first surgery that launched Cincinnati’s most comprehensive transplant program.

Celebrate with us by sharing our stories of transplantation with your social media network using #UCHealthTransplant via FacebookTwitter or Instagram!

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