Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant

Lung Transplant

Lung Transplant Volume

2015 – 2019

Cleveland Clinic is one of the busiest lung transplant centers in the world, performing 568 lung transplants from 2015 through 2019. Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed 123 lung transplant procedures in 2019.

CCF Transplant Center database

Primary Disease of Lung Transplant Recipients

Transplants done January 1, 2019 —December 31, 2019

Cleveland Clinic surgeons perform lung transplant procedures for patients with a variety of lung diseases. In this reporting period (January 1, 2019 — December 31, 2019), the majority (57.4%) of the 122 lung recipients had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, August 4, 2020. srtr.org

Lung Transplant, 1-Month and 1-Year Survival

January 1, 2016 —June 30, 2019

The 1-year graft and patient survival rates at Cleveland Clinic were below the expected level.

Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, August 4, 2020. srtr.org

SRTR = Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients

Wait Time for Lung Transplant

Candidates on the Waiting List January 1, 2014 — June 30,2019

The median wait time for a lung transplant at Cleveland Clinic was 3 months for the candidates waiting listed during 1/1/14-6/30/19. This is slightly higher than the average wait time at other centers in the region and throughout the US. Most patients at Cleveland Clinic receive a transplant very quickly, but many have conditions that make it difficult to find suitable organs, thereby increasing the median wait time.

Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, August 4, 2020. srtr.org

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Lung Transplant Wait-List Mortality Rate

January 1, 2018 — December 31, 2019

Cleveland Clinic has an aggressive posture toward evaluating and listing extremely sick and high-risk candidates. Cleveland Clinic evaluates donor organs and utilizes advanced strategies such as Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP) to make more donor lungs available for transplant. The wait-list mortality in 2019 was lower than expected.

Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, August 4, 2020. srtr.org