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Publish Date: 07/24/98
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UC Physician Appointed to NIH Transplantation Board

Cincinnati--Roy First, MD, director of University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center's Section of Transplantation in the Department of Internal Medicine's Nephrology and Hypertension Division, was recently appointed to serve on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Data and Safety Monitoring board for transplantation. He will serve a six-year term on the seven-member board which reviews all NIH approved studies on transplantation.

"This is a prestigious appointment," says First. "NIH is extremely particular about who they select to review transplantation studies. It is a great honor to be asked to sit on the board."

First has been a member of the UC College of Medicine faculty since 1974 and has been involved in numerous studies concerning the drugs used to prevent transplanted organs from being rejected by the body. "About 1,400 to 1,500 transplants have been performed at University Hospital, and as a result of the recent advances in cadaver transplants and antirejection drugs, the one-year success rate has risen to 88 percent," First says.

First was also elected to serve a four-year term as a councilor at a July meeting of the International Transplantation Society. The international executive committee--with ten councilors from each hemisphere--meets every other year and oversees all issues regarding transplantation.

First has served on many national committees and has published many articles on transplantation issues. He was a past president of the American Society of Transplant Physicians and has served on a number of committees of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), a governmental body that oversees organ transplantation in the United States. He has published 252 papers and has written 28 book chapters in the field of transplantation.

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