Cleveland Clinic is recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world for its expertise and care. This distinction follows years of continued excellence in a variety of musculoskeletal surgeries and transplantations. The Department of Urology is ranked 2nd in the nation, and cardiology and cardiac surgery are ranked 1st in the country for the 19th straight year.

According to the American Association of Tissue Banks, more than 900,000 bone and soft tissue allografts are used every year for a variety of procedures nationally, making bone and soft tissue the most common type of transplant. Some 20 disciplines across 11 of Cleveland Clinic’s institutes and Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) utilize bone and soft tissue during surgical reconstruction.

The Tissue Transplant Program includes Cardiology/Cardiothoracic Surgery, Bone Transplant (which includes Orthopaedics, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Spine and Neurology), Urology, Colorectal Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Dentistry, Plastic Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Andrology and In Vitro Fertilization, General Surgery and Dermatology.

In 2007, the Transplant Center and the Quality and Patient Safety Institute implemented tissue tracking compliance software designed to ensure adherence to Joint Commission standards for tissue transplantation and improve patient safety. This web-based program allows for bi-directional tracking of tissue from the donor or source facility to the recipient or other final disposition, including inventory monitoring, the ability to track the movement of tissue throughout the organization, storage of validation and patient implant records and the ability to monitor and log adverse events or donor infections so they can be properly reported. By the end of 2007, the tissue tracking system was in use at Main Campus and the three Ambulatory Surgery Centers for all areas using tissue.