54 heart transplants in 2017, including:

  • 5 pediatric heart transplants

Program Highlights

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, with 2014 marking the 30th anniversary of these services.

Since the program began, staff surgeons have performed more than 1,600 heart transplants. Additionally, staff performed several dual organ transplants including heart/liver, heart/lung and heart/kidney transplants.

The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) (Release date: June 17, 2014) demonstrates that for patients receiving their first transplant between January 1, 2011 and June 30, 2013, patient survival at 1 year is 90.30%; this is statistically comparable to the projected 91.53% predicted survival based on a risk adjusted estimate.

For the past 24 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. Cleveland Clinic's Heart Center tops the magazine's 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
Phone: 216.444.8351
Toll-free: 800.223.2273 ext. 48351