History & Milestones

Our History


Kidney Transplant Research Office created by Dr. Arthur Matas. Dr Matas continued with what is currently considered the largest natural history database of kidney transplant information.


The Kidney Transplant Research Office merged with heart, lung, liver and pancreas groups to form Transplant Information Services (TIS) and started to follow all solid organ transplant recipients and donors in one database.


March 2012, TIS is acquired by Fairview Corporation. December 2012, the research portion becomes the Transplant Research Organization.


Transplant Research Organization (TRO) officially rolls out as a department-wide resource and changes its name to the Surgery Clinical Trials Office (SurgCTO).

Celebrating 50 years of firsts

celebrating 50 years bannerIn 1963, Joyce Wallin received a kidney from her twin sister at the University of Minnesota to become the state’s first successful kidney transplant recipient.

In the 50 years since then, our transplant program has helped more than 8,000 kidney transplant patients and completed more than 13,000 organ transplants.

Our program is one of the largest and most experienced in the country, and we have an extraordinary legacy of excellence in patient care, surgical outcomes, research and training. We've performed many "world's first" transplantations, including intestinal, allo-islet cell, and pancreas—plus many more "firsts" in the state.

This fall, we are proud to look back on 50 years of transplant innovation while moving forward with research and innovation to improve the care of transplant recipients into the future.