First Pediatric Heart Transplant
In February 1991, Bruce Brown became Jackson’s first pediatric heart transplant patient at
The nearly six-hour operation required the skills of a talented team composed of UM/Jackson
physicians, including Drs. Richard Perryman, Hooshang Bolooki, George M. Palatianos, and
Eduardo de Marchena.
A multidisciplinary approach was taken to care for Bruce. The experience Jackson gained in
performing 30 adult heart transplants up to that point was vital to the success of his surgery.
“Sometimes, it feels like I’ve spent half my life in the hospital,” Bruce said. “I knew that it really
wasn’t time for me to go, even though it looked that way. It’s going to be ok!”
Today, the Miami Transplant Institute is one of the largest and most comprehensive transplant
programs in the nation. In fact, surgeons perform more than 450 transplants each year. The
center is the only one in South Florida to perform every type of organ transplant. As a result,
patients from across the globe come to the Miami Transplant Institute for consultation and
May. 1970 Jackson History
Victims of McDuffie Riots Flood Emergency Room. Link opens story page.
In 1980, Jackson Memorial Hospital‘s emergency room was flooded with 200 patients injured during the McDuffie riots.Explore in story page.
Nov. 2016 Jackson History
Committed to a Healthier Life, Sisters Undergo Surgery. Link opens story page.
In 2015, Gloria and Linda Taylor underwent weight-loss surgery to live healthier lives.Explore in story page.
Jan. 1947 Miracle Stories
A Young Black Nurse Shatters Healthcare Barriers. Link opens story page.
In the summer of 1947, Thelma Vernell Anderson Gibson returned home from nursing school, and wasted no time shattering racial healthcare barriers.Explore in story page.