With the first successful deceased-donor liver transplantation performed by Dr. Thomas Starzl (Denver – Colorado, USA) in 1967, patients suffering from chronic liver disease, which had been incurable until that time, were given a new chance at life. In our country, the first successful liver transplant was performed on December 8, 1988, by our team at the Turkish Organ Transplantation and Burn Treatment Center Hospital. This was not only the first in our country, but also the first in the Middle East, North Africa, the Balkans and Near Asia.
As with kidney transplantation, our team also performed the first liver transplant in Turkey, 21 years after the first in the world. It is important to note that Laws 2238 and 2594 played a very important role in this development. Although this initial deceased-donor liver transplant was a beginning, it was insufficient to meet the demands of the large number of patients. As such, the first living-donor split liver transplants in children and adults, once again spearheaded by our team in March and April of 1990, opened another door for chronic liver disease patients.
In light of this, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to the Congress of the 25th Anniversary of Liver Transplantation in Turkey, organized in honor of Dr. Starzl, the pioneer of Liver Transplantation in the world, where we will have the opportunity to evaluate developments, discuss current practices, and encourage further research with the aim of saving more lives.
Mehmet Haberal, MD, FACS (Hon), FICS (Hon), FASA (Hon)
Founder and President,
The Turkish Transplantation Society
Ethics and Legislation
Adult Living and Deceased Liver Transplantation
Pediatric Living and Deceased Liver Transplantation
Liver Transplantation for Congenital and Inherited Diseases
Transplantation for Liver Malignancies
Risk Management in Liver Transplantation
Surgical Innovations in Liver Transplantation
Liver Transplantation for Hepatitis B and C
Organ Donation and Procurement
Acute Liver Failure and Artificial Liver Support
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