Achievements

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida has an impressive list of “firsts”. Here are a few firsts accomplished by the Department of Pediatrics in the state of Florida:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (1960)
  • Pediatric kidney transplant (1966)
  • Pediatric Intensive care unit (1967)
  • Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant for cancer (1983)
  • Marrow transplant curing immunodeficiency (1984)
  • Pediatric Heart Transplant (1986)
  • “Red Alert” Asthma program (1986)
  • Neuro-Oncology Center (1990)
  • Pediatric liver-kidney transplant (1991)
  • Pediatric Segmental Liver Transplant (1991)
  • Neonatal Heart Transplant (1993)
  • Pediatric heart-kidney transplant (1994)
  • Nitric Oxide Therapy for Respiratory Failure (1994)
  • Pediatric lung transplant (1996)
  • Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplant (1996)
  • Gene Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis (1996)
  • Pediatric heart-lung transplant (1997)
  • Pediatric pancreas-liver transplant (1997)
  • Rotational arthroplasty for bone cancer (1997)
  • Double lung transplant (1998)
  • Pulmonary valvuplasty in < 1,000gm premie (1999)
  • Cord-blood transplant for Sickle Cell Anemia (2000)
  • Diabetes Telehealth Initiative (2001)
  • Youngest Double Lung Transplant (2002)
  • Recombinant protein replacement for Pompe’s Disease (2003)
  • 9-year-old Florida boy became the state’s first patient to receive the Berlin Heart, a mechanical heart device sized specifically for children (2006)
  • Titanium ribs to assist boy with severe scoliosis (2006)