2011 Cleveland Clinic Heart Transplantation Facts and Figures
While the first official heart transplant at Cleveland Clinic was performed in 1968, Cleveland Clinic’s Cardiac Transplant Program team began regular heart transplantation services in 1984. 2009 marked the 25th anniversary of these services.
Read about the first official heart transplant at Cleveland Clinic.
The first pediatric heart transplant was performed on March 30, 1985. Since the program began, staff surgeons have performed more than 1,500 heart transplants. In 2011 alone, 58 cardiac transplants were completed, and 55 patients were implanted with a mechanical circulatory support device. Additionally, staff performed several dual organ transplants including heart/liver, heart/lung and heart/kidney transplants in 2011.
Read detailed data about the program from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients .
While still pregnant, Kristy Kress learned she needed a heart transplant.
The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) demonstrates that for patients receiving their first transplant between July 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2010, 96 percent of adult recipients were alive one year after transplant, compared to the 89.7 percent that would be expected based on the characteristics of these patients. For patients receiving their first transplant between Jan. 1, 2006, and June 30, 2008, the three-year survival rate for our program is 82 percent, which is the expected survival based on national experience.
For the past 18 years, the U.S. News & World Report "Annual Best Hospitals Survey" has voted the nation's busiest heart center as also the nation's best. The Cleveland Clinic Heart Center tops the magazine's 2012-13 rankings of best heart and heart transplant surgery hospitals.
Cleveland Clinic's Heart Transplant Program is a member of the Ohio Solid Organ Transplant Consortium (OSOTC) and the United Network For Organ Sharing (UNOS).
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has certified Cleveland Clinic as a Medicare Center for heart transplantation.
If you or a loved one would like a second opinion from a top specialist at Cleveland Clinic, but may be disabled or find it too difficult to travel, we offer MyConsult. The MyConsult program is an online medical second opinion that connects you to our physician experts who will review your medical records and diagnostic tests to assess your suitability for transplant.
For more information about heart transplantation at Cleveland Clinic, please contact the Pre-Transplant office. Ph: 216.444.8351 or 800.223.2273, ext. 48351