Murray is remembered as a ‘giant’ in organ transplantation
Dr. Joseph E. Murray, who died Monday, led the Division of Plastic Surgery for nearly four decades at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and for years at Boston Children’s Hospital. Long after his retirement, he remained a mentor to physicians in the field. In 1954 in an operating room at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Murray performed the first successful organ transplant, transferring a kidney between identical twins. Two Brigham surgeons reflect on his legacy there.