JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi Medical Center will resume performing liver transplants, reviving a program that ended in 1991.
UMMC officials say the Jackson hospital got approval in January from the United Network for Organ Sharing, the governing body for organ transplantation in the U.S.
Dr. Christopher Anderson, associate professor of surgery and division chief of transplant and hepatobiliary surgery, says the first transplant could come this year. The team will begin evaluating and listing patients for liver transplants immediately.
Anderson says there are about 60 patients a year who have to leave Mississippi for liver transplants.
He says the restarted program means more Mississippi-donated livers will stay in the state.
UMMC is the only Mississippi hospital to perform transplants.