Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant

Lung Transplant

Lung Transplant: Volume

2018 – 2022

Cleveland Clinic is one of the busiest lung transplant centers in the world, performing 552 lung transplants from 2018 through 2022. Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed 102 lung transplant procedures in 2022.

Source: Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center database

Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute hosts a podcast called Respiratory Inspirations; suitable for any audience interested in learning more about conditions affecting your respiratory health as we discuss related diseases, causes, treatments, innovations and what the future may bring.

Click on the link below to find and listen to ‘Lung Transplant Life: What to Expect Pre and Post Lung Transplant’, hosted by Raed Dweik, MD, MBA, Chair of the Respiratory Institute with guest, Marie Budev, DO, MPH, Medical Director of Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program. For more information:

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Lung Transplant: Primary Disease of Recipients

Transplants Done July 1, 2021— June 30, 2022

Cleveland Clinic surgeons perform lung transplant procedures for patients with a variety of lung diseases. In this reporting period July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, the majority (60.2%) of the 83 lung recipients had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, January 5, 2023.

Lung Transplant: 1-Month and 1-Year Survival

July 1, 2019 — March 12, 2020, June 13, 2020 — December 31, 2021

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

SRTR = Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients

Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, January 5, 2023.

ᵃFluctuations in 2020 volumes are a result of significant changes to the number of patients treated, which can be directly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lung Transplant: Wait Time

Candidates on the Wait-List from July 1, 2016 — December 31, 2021

The median wait time for a lung transplant at Cleveland Clinic was 2.1 months for the candidates wait-listed from July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2021. This is same as the average wait time at other centers throughout the US.

Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, January 5, 2023.

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Lung Transplant: Wait-List Mortality Rate

July 1, 2020 — June 30, 2022

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 rate during this period was higher than expected.

Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, January 5, 2023.