• Heart donation changes Valentine's Day for newlyweds. Kenneth Liao, M.D., Ph.D. is interviewed

    Dr. Liao performed Aaron Rose's transplant, the 847th performed at the University of Minnesota. In the time since, the University is saving even more lives.

    "The heart is wrapped in a box and ready to go," said Dr. Liao, as he showed video of a new portable machine now being used to keep hearts beating for six to eight hours before a transplant. "This has been a totally revolutionary change."

    The U of M is one of just five hospitals using the machine. It's just the latest reason why Aaron Rose is so thankful.

    "It's a gift that somebody is giving directly," Aaron Rose said.

  • National Organ Donor Day is February 14

    National Organ Donor Day – Read more about how John Najarian, MD and patient Jamie Fiske brought the issue of availability of donors for organ transplantation in the 1980s to national attention. After a dramatic televised plea from Jamie’s father, a new liver was donated to the 11-month old born with biliary atresia.

  • Visible Heart Lab featured on BTN's LiveBig Program

    The Visible Heart Lab was featured on BTN's LiveBig program, and is currently airing on the Big Ten Network. Minnesota lab takes a close-up look at hearts, beat by beat: LiveBIG Sharing their findings broadly and freely, The Visible Heart Lab at the University of Minnesota is reanimating hearts to better understand the functional anatomy of our most important muscle.

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