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Medical News & Perspectives
December 22/29, 2004

Joseph Murray, MD—Transplantation Pioneer

JAMA. 2004;292(24):2957-2958. doi:10.1001/jama.292.24.2957

Earlier this year, more than 1500 organ recipients gathered in Minneapolis-St Paul to compete for medals in track and field, tennis, and other sports at the National Kidney Foundation’s 8th biennial US Transplant Games. This year’s event commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first successful human organ transplant—a kidney. Among the attendees honored were Ronald Herrick, the man who donated his kidney to his identical twin brother, Richard. Chairing the event was Joseph Murray, MD, the surgeon who performed the operation.