Just found out that today is the 39th anniversary of the first multi-organ multiple transplant. You can go here to Wired! for the story. The 5 teams, involving 60 surgeons, nurses and assorted personel(we're gonna need a bigger OR) was coordinated by Dr. DeBakey. Yes, that Dr. DeBakey, as in "pass me the DeBakey." Here's a look at his remarkable career. Another interesting bio is here. The man invented a continuous flow rolling pump in med school, in between studying I guess, that later was instrumental in developing the heart/lung machine. That was just the first in a long line of medical inventions. Dr. DeBakey, by the way, is still on faculty at Baylor.
The surgery, which took place on August 31, 1968, recovered a heart, one lung and kidneys that were transplanted into 4 people at one hospital.