Q: When and where was the first heart transplant in the Kansas City Area?
First heart transplant in Kansas City area:
7/26/1984: The first heart transplant in the State of Kansas and the Kansas City area was performed at KUMC. Thomas J. Bixler, MD, chair of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, led the transplant team. Other members of the team included Richard MacArthur, MD, assistant professor of Cardiothoracic surgery, Michael D. Boggan, MD, clinical assistant professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Steven Tosone, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology, and Barbara Gill, RN, MN, cardiothoracic clinical nurse specialist and coordinator of the transplant program. The patient was James Otis Hale, a 43-year-old father of five from Wichita.
source: University of Kansas School of Medicine Deptartment of Surgery - History and
University of Kansas School of Medicine - Accomplishments and
Espinoza, Richard. "KC's first heart transplant recipient dies." The Kansas City Star 6 Apr. 1995, Metropolitan: C4