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Arizona hospital restarts heart-transplant program

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona Medical Center said its heart
transplant program is fully staffed again and has been reactivated.

The Tucson hospital put its program on hold in December to recruit new
personnel. The surgeon who created the program was suspended in September and
filed a multimillion-dollar claim against the school in March.

Recruits included Dr. Scott Lick, the heart transplant program’s
director, and Dr. Nancy K. Sweitzer, director of the University of Arizona
Sarver Heart Center. Both are also professors.

According to the medical center, the reactivation followed approval from a
transplant network, the United Network of Organ Sharing.

Surgeons at the hospitals performed Arizona’s first heart transplant in 1979,
and have performed 891 heart transplant procedures to date.


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