University of Minnesota Physicians News

Transplant Excellence Recognized

University of Minnesota Physicians partners with Fairview at University of Minnesota Medical Center to offer one of the largest and most successful lung transplant programs in the nation. Leaders in using lung transplantation to reduce the impact of cystic fibrosis and other advanced lung diseases, our physicians also pioneered many surgical and medical innovations in lung and heart/lung transplantation.

Independent healthcare ratings organization HealthGrades recently recognized the Medical Center with its Lung Transplant Excellence Award. The recognition was based on an analysis of outcomes and quality data.

Using data compiled by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients for the 210 adult acute care hospitals that perform transplants, HealthGrades assessed patient and graft survival outcomes as well as waitlist mortality.

Hospitals receiving HealthGrades Transplant Excellence Awards demonstrated three-year patient survival rates that were statistically higher than expected and waitlist mortality rates that were statistically the same or lower than expected.

“This award reflects the dedication to quality patient care practiced by both organizations,” said Barbara Gold, MD, UMPhysicians’ Senior Vice President for Clinical Quality.

Jordan Dunitz, MD, Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program added, “Lung transplantation is a team effort. Our outcomes reflect the experience and dedication of our lung transplant team with their singular focus on the patient. I am proud to be a member of that team.”

University of Minnesota Physicians surgeons have performed more than 650 lung and heart-lung transplants in children and adults since 1986, with patient survival rates significantly higher than the national average.

We provide a continuum of exceptional care before, during and after the transplant, including follow-up care throughout the patient’s life. Ongoing studies of outcomes after lung transplantation show marked improvements in nearly every aspect of health-related quality of life.

The first successful human lung transplant was performed at University of Minnesota in 1986. Since then, success rates have improved steadily, and increasing numbers of lung transplants are being done to treat patients with life-threatening lung diseases.


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