The Transplant Center began in July, 1973, and performed its first organ transplant in January, 1974. Since that time many kidney transplants have been carried out and over 40 clinical research papers published. It is anticipated that 25 kidney transplants and 10-14 livers transplants will be performed anually. In March, 1988, the Howard Transplant Center was authorized at that time by the District of Columbia to be the sole site of liver transplantation in the District. Medical students, interns, and residents that rotate on the transplant service play a major role in the management of the immunosuppressed patient. The Howard University Transplant Center remains the only minority run organ transplant center in the United States.