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Northwestern Medicine® is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its organ transplant program, which began with a kidney transplant on Feb. 18, 1964, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. While we recently posted a blog discussing the importance of this milestone, we also wanted to see what some of our transplant experts had to say about the achievement and the future of transplantation.

Take a look at the video below featuring Take a look at the video below featuring John Friedewald, MD, transplant nephrologist and director of clinical research for Northwestern Medicine's Comprehensive Transplant Center, as he shares his thoughts in this ongoing video series.

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In recognition of its commitment to treatment and cutting-edge research, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual has joined Northwestern Medicine and the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in proclaiming April Parkinson’s disease awareness month in Chicago.

“Parkinson’s is a disease that impacts not just the person diagnosed with the disease, but also their family and loved ones,” said Tanya Simuni, MD, director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center. “The Northwestern Parkinson ’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center bring together the most advanced resources of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the top research of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to offer patients and their families the best possible treatment of today while working to uncover the Parkinson’s treatment of the future.”

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When Sandra Marante came to Northwestern Medicine, a rare brain malformation threatened not only her life, but also her ability to sing. We studied her brain's response to music through a unique application of personalized brain mapping - allowing us to remove the mass while preserving her incredible gift. 

Bernard R. Bendok, MDRichard A. Bernstein, MD, and Andrew M. Naideck, MD,  discuss advanced brain imaging and mapping procedure. 

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Northwestern Medicine® is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its organ transplant program, which began with a kidney transplant on Feb. 18, 1964, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. While we recently posted a blog discussing the importance of this milestone, we also wanted to see what some of our transplant experts had to say about the achievement and the future of transplantation.

Take a look at the video below featuring Juan Carlos Caicedo, MD, director of the Hispanic Transplant Program, as he shares his thoughts in this ongoing video series.

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Lewis Stepp and Monica Kaufman Stepp, who wed April 3 in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital chapel, are heading home to start their married life together. Stepp was discharged Friday.

"I've got probably three weeks at home recuperating before I get back to work," Lewis Stepp said. "Then we will try to have a little mini-honeymoon. Thank you to everyone at Northwestern for all that you have done.”

While vacationing in Mexico in March, Stepp experienced a blocked artery that caused him to lose feeling to his lower extremities. The April 4 surgery, performed by Andrew Hoel, MD, a vascular surgeon with Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, bypassed the damaged artery to restore blood flow to Stepp’s legs. 

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