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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to Celebrate 25th Anniversary


WHAT: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh celebrates 25 years of pediatric transplantation at a recognition ceremony and social event to commemorate the anniversary. Also at the event the official Congressional recognition, introduced by Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA), to commemorate Children's 25th anniversary of pediatric transplantation will be read and officially presented to the hospital's transplant team.


George Mazariegos, MD, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Director of Pediatric Transplantation

Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh transplant pioneer

Tracy Gonzales, Children's first intestinal/liver transplant patient

Jody Fox Clark, Intestine transplant recipient and mother of 3-year-old Pippa

Alan Smith, Congressman Doyle's Office

WHY: In the 25 years since establishing the first pediatric transplant center under the guidance of transplant pioneer Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, Children's Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation has performed more than 2,200 transplants and today is a leader in developing strategies to manage organ rejection. Transplant surgeons offer a regimen of anti-rejection drugs that not only protects the transplanted organ, but in many cases allows surgeons to wean young patients from steroids soon after surgery. From the first and most successful series of small intestine transplants to the landmark work of challenging pediatric multi-organ transplants, Children's continually achieves milestones in the operating room and laboratory.

As one of the leading pediatric transplant centers in the world, Children's performs more kinds of organ and tissue transplants in children than does any other center in the United States - including heart, heart/lung, heart/liver, lung, double-lung, liver, split-liver, living-related liver, heart/lung/liver, liver/kidney, liver/small intestine, kidney, living-related kidney/bone marrow, intestine, pancreas, multivisceral and bone marrow.

WHEN: Friday, June 2, 2006
Event starts at 7 p.m., program approx. 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Heinz History Center, Strip District

Editor's Note: After 5 p.m., please call Melanie at 412-965-2096 or Marc at 412-417-9383.

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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