Dr. Bartley Griffith Performs Breakthrough Pig Heart Transplant

In a first-of-its-kind surgery, STS member Bartley P. Griffith, MD, and the University of Maryland Medicine team performed a successful transplant of a genetically modified pig heart into a 57-year-old man with terminal heart disease. 

This historic transplant demonstrated for the first time that a genetically modified animal heart can function like a human heart without immediate rejection by the body. The patient had been deemed ineligible for a conventional heart transplant at University of Maryland Medicine as well as at several other leading transplant centers that reviewed his medical records.

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