UNC Center for Transplant Care celebrates 50 years, 5,000 organ transplants

Chapel Hill, N.C.-based University of North Carolina Center for Transplant Care celebrated its 50th anniversary and 5,000 successful operations Nov. 5, WRAL.com reports.

"When we did our first kidney transplant in 1968, there was still a lot of debate about transplants being experimental," David Gerber, MD, director of the center and chief of abdominal transplant surgery at UNC Health Care, told WRAL.com. "Jason Ray was UNC's Ramses mascot when he was killed in 2008. His decision to donate his organs saved or enhanced many lives. UNC named a transplant clinic in his honor."

For the center's 50th anniversary, the transplant center featured a traveling art exhibition called "Art of the SCAR" and a donated quilt from Carolina Donor Services.

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