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PHILADELPHIA — On Thursday, Penn Medicine Kidney Transplant Program faculty, staff and patients will join together to celebrate a milestone and honor Penn’s first and 5000th kidney transplant recipients. These two special patients represent nearly 40 years of medical advances in the effort to improve organ transplantation procedures and outcomes.

Established in 1966, the Penn Medicine Kidney Transplant Program, part of the Penn Transplant Institute’s multi-organ transplant center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,  performs more than 200 adult kidney transplants each year. It is the largest and most experienced kidney transplant program in the region.

Penn Medicine is the 14th transplant center in the United States to reach the 5000th kidney transplant milestone, and the first in the region.


The Penn Medicine Kidney Transplant Program celebrates 5000th kidney transplant milestone


Biomedical Research Building
421 Curie Boulevard
14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
5:30 – 8:00 PM; remarks starting at 6:15 p.m.


  • Roy Bloom, MD, Director Kidney/Pancreas Program
  • Abraham Shaked, MD, PhD, Director, Penn Transplant Institute
  • Clyde F. Barker, MD, Donald Guthrie Professor of Surgery, on highlights of the kidney transplant program's milestones
  • Joe Mehl and Howard Mehl – Penn Medicine’s first kidney transplant patients. More than 40 years ago, in February of 1966, Joe gave his brother Howard a lifesaving kidney.
  • Kevin and Karen Tickner – Penn Medicine’s 5000th kidney transplant patients. In May 2013, as part of the world’s second largest paired kidney exchange – including 28 pairs of donors and recipients from across the country – Kevin donated a kidney to a patient in need, so his wife Karen could receive a life-saving kidney from a donor in California.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $6.7 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2016 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2016, Penn Medicine provided $393 million to benefit our community.