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Tulane University's Contributions to Health Sciences research and education: A Guide: Dr. Keith Reemstma

Distinguished Tulane Medical and Public Health Faculty and Tulane Health Sciences Alumni. Selected highlights on their contributions to medical science.

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Dr. Keith Reemtsma (1926-2000)

Dr. Reemstma was a pioneer in organ transplantation. From 1963 to 1964, while a professor at Tulane, Dr. Reemstma transplanted primate kidneys to a series of human recipients. His controversial operations proved for the first time that primate organs could be transplanted to humans and continue to function for a significant amount of time.

 

Dr. Reemtsma is credited with being the first to show that nonhuman organs could be transplanted into humans and function for a significant period. He achieved that by giving six humans chimpanzee kidneys in the first chimpanzee-to-human organ transplants in 1963 and 1964. 

In addition to performing cross-species transplants, known as xenotransplantation, Dr. Reemtsma was an expert in all kinds of human transplants. He helped create a leading heart transplant center at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center 

Dr. Reemtsma is credited with being the first to show that nonhuman organs could be transplanted into humans and function for a significant period. ...
 
After serving in the Korean war, Dr. Reemtsma became the chief resident at Columbia. He received a doctorate in medical science from Columbia in 1958 as he was leaving for Tulane (1958-1966). - New York Times / L.K. Altman (June 28, 2000) 

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