||Reception and dinner celebrating the Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania’s first transplant.
Penn will be honoring Howard Mehl, the transplant recipient,
and his brother Joe, the first donor, on the 40th Anniversary
of this pioneering procedure. This evening’s events will
also kick-off Penn’s new initiative to create the city’s
first Transplant House.
||Howard Mehl (transplant recipient); Joe
Mehl (donor); Dr. Clyde Barker (the
Mehls’ Transplant Surgeon); Dr. Arthur Rubenstein
(Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania
for the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine); Dr.
Larry Kaiser (Chair, Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief);
Dr. Abraham Shaked (Chief of Transplant Surgery
at HUP); Dr. Ali Naji (Kidney Surgical Director);
Dr. Robert Grossman (Nephrologist)
||Monday, February 13th
5:30-6:30 Reception in Lobby
Dinner to follow on 14th floor
||Biomedical Research Building II/III
421 Curie Boulevard
Parking available in Lot #44-adjacent to BRB II/III
On February 10, 1966, Dr. Clyde Barker performed the Hospital of
the University of Pennsylvania’s first kidney transplant,
a pioneering procedure at the time. Since then, Penn’s Transplant
Center has developed into one of the top-10 programs nationally
in terms of volume and outcomes.
In 1965, then 20 year-old Howard Mehl was told he was suffering
from end-stage kidney failure. Facing a lifetime of dialysis or
death, Howard turned to his brother Joe, who was found to be a perfect
organ donor match. Joe didn’t hesitate to volunteer one of
his two healthy kidneys. The operation was an immediate success.
He was released from the hospital that April, and aside from a few
sporadic episodes, has had no complications from the surgery.
Forty years later, Howard is the longest surviving kidney transplant
recipient with a working graft in Pennsylvania and ranks 14th overall
in the world. He continues taking the same medications at nearly
the same dose as was first prescribed after being stabilized. Howard
is 62 years old and has had three children since his surgery. He
currently runs a catering business in Delaware County, PA, with
his wife Lia.
Penn’s Transplant Center is looking forward to expanding
its already excellent patient care with the Transplant House initiative.
The Transplant House will be the first of its kind in Philadelphia,
offering a home away from home for the families of transplant patients.
The house will offer rooms to families of waiting transplant patients
for a fraction of the cost of a hotel room in a major city like
Philadelphia. A kitchen will also be available to prepare low-cost,
nutritious fare. Some of the groundwork has already been laid in
the effort of making this vision a reality -- including an initial
allocation of funds from Penn’s Department of Transplantation,
and the appointment of a steering committee. In the future, additional
fundraising events will be held to help raise awareness of this
much-needed patient asset.
PENN Medicine is a $2.7 billion enterprise
dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical
research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists
of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in
1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of
Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn’s School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation
for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #4 in the nation in
U.S. News & World Report’s most recent ranking of top
research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty
and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide
for its superior education and training of the next generation of
physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System comprises: its
flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,
consistently rated one of the nation’s “Honor Roll”
hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital,
the nation's first hospital; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; a
faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty
satellite facilities; and home health care and hospice.