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In 1984, in affiliation with the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and the Daughters of Charity Health System, the Los Angeles Transplant Institute was formed. In 1989, the Institute became the National Institute of Transplantation (NIT), and in 2009, it was renamed the Mendez National Institute of Transplantation (MNIT), honoring the founders, Drs. Rafael and Robert Mendez, for their dedication to advancing transplantation and their significant financial contribution.


In December 2013, Viracor-IBT acquired MNIT’s laboratory assets, a move that further extended the longevity and security of MNITF to succeed in fulfilling its mission to advance transplantation while significantly improving the lives of those with end-stage organ disease.

In 2014, MNIT merged with the Mendez National Institute of Transplantation Foundation (MNITF).

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