May 28, 2021
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Wednesday, March 09, 2022
David Bennett, the 57 year old patient with terminal heart disease who made history as the first person to receive a genetically modified pig’s heart, passed away yesterday on March 8. Mr. Bennett received the transplant on January 7 and lived for two months following the surgery. His condition began deteriorating several days ago. After it became clear that he would not recover, he was given compassionate palliative care. He was able to communicate with his family during his final hours.
Tuesday, May 04, 2021
Marking a previous year unlike any other, the entire University of Maryland School of Medicine community—faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, and benefactors—gathered as one online on Saturday, May 1 for a virtual hour-long celebration of the 2021 School of Medicine Gala, which coincides annually with the Medical Alumni Association Reunion Weekend.
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
“Tonight, we are gathered to celebrate our many victories in medicine though the extraordinary power of collaboration.” With that greeting, E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at UM Baltimore, John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, welcomed more than 1,000 alumni, faculty, staff, students, and other distinguished guests to the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Annual Gala on May 4 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Friday, July 06, 2018
On June 21, the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore presented Mordecai Blaustein, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) professor and past chair of physiology, and his wife Ellen with the Theodore E. Woodward Award to commemorate their support of the library. Over the past three decades they have donated several important historical books to the library from their collection.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Severe acute liver failure (ALF), a rare but life-threatening illness, is associated with high death rates if patients don’t receive timely treatment or a liver transplant. Unlike the heart or the kidneys, there is no established mechanical device to replace the liver’s function. Now, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers report that a device that removes toxins from the blood can also effectively provide a bridge to liver transplantation or buy time for a traumatically injured liver to heal, suggesting broader uses for the device than previously thought.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Investiture ceremonies have a way of building connections between the School’s past and present and serving as a bond between faculty, alumni, donors, and mentors across multiple generations. Such was the case on September 21, when Elias R. Melhem, MD, was installed as the Dean John M. Dennis Chair in Radiology before a large audience of family, friends and colleagues of both the benefactor and the recipient.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Surgical First: Patient Avoids Dialysis Thanks to Simultaneous Polycystic Kidney Removal and Kidney Transplant During 28-Person Kidney Swap
In a first-of-its-kind procedure in the United States, a patient was able to avoid dialysis when surgeons simultaneously removed two diseased kidneys and also transplanted a kidney from a living donor – all as part of a 28-person paired kidney exchange (PKE). The procedure, performed in May on a patient with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), eliminated the need for the patient to ever undergo dialysis.