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|1954||First successful kidney transplant performed.|
|1966||First simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant performed.|
|1967||First successful liver transplant performed.|
|1968||First successful isolated pancreas transplant performed.
First successful heart transplant performed.
The Southeast Organ Procurement Foundation (SEOPF) is formed as a membership and scientific organization for transplant professionals.
|1977||SEOPF implements the first computer-based organ matching system, dubbed the "United Network for Organ Sharing."|
|1981||First successful heart-lung transplant performed.|
|1982||SEOPF establishes the Kidney Center, the predecessor of the UNOS Organ Center, for round-the-clock assistance in placing donated organs.|
|1983||First successful single-lung transplant performed.
|1984||National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) passed.**
The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) separates from SEOPF and is incorporated as a non-profit member organization.
|1986||First successful double-lung transplant performed.
UNOS receives the initial federal contract to operate the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN).
|1987||First successful intestinal transplant performed.|
|1988||First split-liver transplant performed.|
|1989||First successful living donor liver transplant performed.|
|1990||First successful living donor lung transplant performed.|
|1992||UNOS helps found Donate Life America to build public support for organ donation.
UNOS prepares first-ever comprehensive report on transplant survival rates for all active U.S. transplant centers.
|1995||UNOS launches its first Web site for all users with an interest in transplantation.|
|1998||First successful adult-to-adult living donor liver transplant performed.|
|1999||UNOS launches UNetsm, a secure, Internet-based transplant information database system for all organ matching and management of transplant data.|
|2000||U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publishes Final Rule (federal regulation) for the operation of the OPTN.|
|2001||For the first time, the total of living organ donors for the year (6,528) exceeds the number of deceased organ donors (6,081).|
|2006||UNOS launches DonorNetsm, a secure, Internet-based system in which organ procurement coordinators send out offers of newly donated organs to transplant hospitals with compatible candidates.|
*Cyclosporine was the first of a number of drugs that effectively treat organ rejection by suppressing the human immune system.
**The National Organ Transplant Act (P.L. 98-507) established the framework for a national system of organ transplantation.