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Tue, Mar 10 2:00pm · Mayo Clinic Milestones in Transplant

untitled2This year holds many major milestones for each of our three transplant sites. Mayo Clinic’s transplant history began in 1963 at the Rochester campus with the clinic’s first living kidney donor transplant and then first bone marrow transplant later that year. Since then, we have opened up dedicated transplant centers at each of our sites in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. The programs have expanded to include transplants for kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung, bone marrow, face, hand and transplants for children.

Since the first transplant in 1963, Mayo Clinic Rochester performed its 20,000th transplant in February 2020. Mayo Clinic in Arizona has performed over 6,000 since its opening in 1999 and Mayo Clinic in Florida has performed over 7,000 since its opening in 2000. Read more about our transplant volumes and outcomes here.

Both Mayo Clinic in Rochester and Florida are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and as we look back on all the pioneering efforts and innovations we also look forward to the future of transplant with regenerative medicine considered to be at the forefront. Mayo Clinic researchers are studying alternatives to transplant including using stem cells to repair, replace or regenerate diseased cells in regenerative medicine. Read more about some of the transplant innovations here. Many groups, including Mayo Clinic are working to make advancements in transplantation.

Mayo Clinic is the largest integrated transplant center in the United States and as leaders in transplant care, has pioneered many surgeries and procedures. From the first patient in the United States to go home with an artificial heart, a combination surgery of a liver transplant with a gastric sleeve, to innovative ways of increasing the donor pool, and the largest kidney paired exchange program in the United States, experts at Mayo Clinic are leading initiatives through updated protocols and new technology.

Mayo Clinic has a long history of specialized teams of experts providing complex care to patients who need hope and healing and plans to continue carrying that legacy through studying state-of-the-art technologies and recent medical discoveries to transform how transplants are done in the future.



Thu, Feb 27 12:31pm · The Convenience of Transplant Hospitality Houses in Transplant

When selecting a transplant center, one thing to consider is the housing option for patients on the waiting list, recovering from transplant and their caregivers. Transplant Hospitality Houses offer unique options nearby each Mayo Clinic location. Our three main hospital locations in Arizona, Minnesota, and Florida, offer housing for patients receiving long-term care in the area, mostly for transplant and cancer patients and their loved ones. These houses are not only more cost effective than a hotel, but they offer the cleanliness needed for transplant patients both pre and post care. You can read about the other benefits in this blog post. We are grateful to our transplant hospitality houses for providing our patients with a safe, friendly, and close care as a “home away from home”.

The Gift of Life Transplant House Rochester, MN: Celebrating 35 years of providing high-quality, affordable accommodations to transplant patients and their caregivers. This house has grown to be the largest in the nation, with 84 guest rooms.Transplant House Blog 02272020

The Village at Mayo Clinic Phoenix, AZ: A place known for hospitality, compassion and friendliness it has been providing care to over 4,500 patients and caregivers at Mayo Clinic Arizona since 1999 when they first opened at the Brusally Ranch. After growth and expansions, The Village at Mayo Clinic was created with a total of three ‘casitas’, they offer 18 rooms.

The Gabriel House of Care Jacksonville, FL: Created as a tribute of an organ donor, The Gabriel House of Care is filled with compelling stories of courage, determination and human spirit. A community of healing located in Jacksonville since 2011, this house offers 29 rooms.

Have you stayed in one of these fantastic facilities? Tell us about your favorite thing in being a part of these communities.


Tue, Jan 7 4:55pm · New Transplant Blog Posts in Transplants

Happy New Year everyone! It is hard to believe that 2019 is over and we have begun not only a new year, but a new decade as well. Today's blog post is reviewing the top 5 articles we posted in 2019. These include transplant food safety, transplant tourism, patient stories and more. Thank you all for connecting with us and each other this past year. The discussions are informative, supportive, and helpful to so many. We look forward to more great topics in 2020.


Mon, Jan 6 9:10am · 2019 Year In Review: Most Popular Posts in Transplant

Happy New Year! Even though we have dived straight into 2020, we wanted to take a minute to highlight some of the great topics we covered last year. In 2019, we talked about food safety, read touching patient stories, discussed what “transplant tourism” is, and met an expert. We covered these topics in our 5 most read articles of 2019.



Transplant food safety

Trending transplant stories  

Meet the Expert Dr. Mikel Prieto

Vacation tips and tricks for transplant patients

Transplant tourism-Patients Travel Around the U.S. for their Best Transplant Options




All of these topics and so many more are found throughout our blog. Browse all our posts here. We started this blog to be a resource to patients, caregivers and anyone who might be interested in organ transplants or donation, from the experts at Mayo Clinic.


Are there any topics you would like us to consider covering in 2020? Let us know by commenting below!




Dec 18, 2019 · Transplant Infographics in Transplant

You make a good point @gingerw. As the primary caregiver, it would really help to understand what to expect. Coincidentally, our Patient Education department just released this video to help answer some questions.

We have added a blog post dedicated to caregivers to our content calendar for early 2020. In the past, we have created blog posts out of discussions from the Transplants group. I think future transplant caregivers would benefit a great deal if they got tips and advice from caregivers like you who have been there. Would you be willing to start a discussion in the Transplants group to get an open and honest discussion with fellow caregivers started?