Maryland Doctors Set Kidney Transplant Record

July 7, 2009

Associated Press
July 7, 2009

BALTIMORE - A Maryland hospital surgeon is saying he and doctors in three other hospitals have completed what is believed to be the largest series of kidney paired donation procedures ever undertaken.

Dr. Robert Montgomery of Johns Hopkins Hospital, along with donors and recipients, will give details of the groundbreaking feat during a news conference Tuesday in the hospital's outpatient center.

A hospital official says 10 doctors performed a total of 16 surgeries on eight donors and eight recipients in the multi-hospital, multistate kidney donation network.

In April 2008, Johns Hopkins surgeons transplanted a half-dozen kidneys simultaneously, which was believed to be the first operation of its kind.