January 7, 1985.
On this day, the state's first bone marrow transplantation program opened in Riley Hospital for Children on the Indiana University Medical Center campus of IUPUI. The unit treated both pediatric and adult patients with certain leukemias and non-cancerous blood diseases. The unit aimed to treat 15 to 25 patients in the first year, an announcement stated, but it would ramp up to handle fifty to sixty transplants per year in future.
Dr. Jan Jansen, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics, served as director of the program at its opening. At the time, the procedure was experimental, "experimental enough that the few medical centers that perform it must make scientific contributions," he said.
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