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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The University of Arizona Medical Center said its heart transplant program is fully staffed again and has been reactivated.

The Tucson hospital put its program on hold in December to recruit new personnel. The surgeon who created the program was suspended in September and filed a multimillion-dollar claim against the school in March.

Recruits included Dr. Scott Lick, the heart transplant program's director, and Dr. Nancy K. Sweitzer, director of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center. Both are also professors.

According to the medical center, the reactivation followed approval from a transplant network, the United Network of Organ Sharing.

Surgeons at the hospitals performed Arizona's first heart transplant in 1979, and have performed 891 heart transplant procedures to date.

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