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Development at Mason

The Mason Campus was Cincinnati Children’s first neighborhood location when it opened in 1987. Today, we have nine. The newspaper advertisement above appeared on May 19, 1987.

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Cincinnati Children’s opens its first neighborhood location, Children’s Outpatient North, that is today known as Mason Campus. It represents the first of many subsequent extensions into the community and the first time we offer surgical services outside the main hospital.

Dr. Jeffrey Whitsett and Lab

Dr. Jeffrey Whitsett with colleagues in his lab in 1987.

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Cincinnati Children’s scientists led by Jeffrey Whitsett, MD, identify and clone proteins in surfactant, a substance that’s critical to lung function. This work makes possible the routine use of surfactant therapy to improve lung function in premature babies — saving millions of lives since then.

Liver Care Center Press Conference

Dr. Fred Ryckman (center) and Dr. William Balistreri (left) take questions at a 1988 press conference.

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Drs. William Balistreri and Fred Ryckman establish the Pediatric Liver Care Center and begin offering liver transplantation in 1986. Today, over 700 transplants later, the center is one of the busiest in the nation while still offering a median wait time less than half the national average.

Richard Harris, MD, checks on 3-year-old Marlow Robinson.

Richard Harris, MD, checks on 3-year-old Marlow Robinson.

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In 1981, Cincinnati Children’s established the Bone Marrow Transplant unit, directed by Richard Harris, MD. Today, the Bone Marrow Transplantation program, directed by Stella Davies, MBBS, PhD, is one of the largest in the country and is recognized for expertise in treating unusual disorders.