Transplant

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UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Transplant Program has an exceptional track record that speaks to a consistent focus on excellence in patient care. Begun more than a half-century ago, our program has gained a reputation for innovations and outcomes that are among the best in the country.

In 2020, we performed more transplants than any program in North Texas. During a very challenging year, we continued to experience unparalleled growth while maintaining exceptional patient outcomes. In addition, we have dramatically increased our telemedicine capabilities and continue to perform transplant evaluations and make waitlist additions.

The Gift of a Second Chance

Transplant surgery can be truly life-changing, providing critically ill individuals with a second chance at life. 

As an academic medical center, UT Southwestern has highly trained specialists who work together to treat even the most complicated cases and provide optimal outcomes. The transplantation teams follow patients from initial evaluation through the life of the organ, and we have a detailed protocol to communicate progress and results to referring physicians. 

By the Numbers: Transplants

Select year:
  • Heart
  • Lung
  • Kidney
  • Liver
Jan
January 26 Liver
Transplants
January 26 Kidney
Transplants
January 26 Lung
Transplants
January 26 Heart
Transplants
Feb
February 26 Liver
Transplants
February 26 Kidney
Transplants
February 26 Lung
Transplants
February 26 Heart
Transplants
Mar
March 26 Liver
Transplants
March 26 Kidney
Transplants
March 26 Lung
Transplants
March 26 Heart
Transplants
Apr
April 26 Liver
Transplants
April 26 Kidney
Transplants
April 26 Lung
Transplants
April 26 Heart
Transplants
May
May 26 Liver
Transplants
May 26 Kidney
Transplants
May 26 Lung
Transplants
May 26 Heart
Transplants
Jun
June 26 Liver
Transplants
June 26 Kidney
Transplants
June 26 Lung
Transplants
June 26 Heart
Transplants
Jul
July 26 Liver
Transplants
July 26 Kidney
Transplants
July 26 Lung
Transplants
July 26 Heart
Transplants
Aug
August 26 Liver
Transplants
August 26 Kidney
Transplants
August 26 Lung
Transplants
August 26 Heart
Transplants
Sept
September 26 Liver
Transplants
September 26 Kidney
Transplants
September 26 Lung
Transplants
September 26 Heart
Transplants
Oct
October 26 Liver
Transplants
October 26 Kidney
Transplants
October 26 Lung
Transplants
October 26 Heart
Transplants
Nov
November 26 Liver
Transplants
November 26 Kidney
Transplants
November 26 Lung
Transplants
November 26 Heart
Transplants
Dec
December 12 Liver
Transplants
December 8 Kidney
Transplants
December 40 Lung
Transplants
December 80 Heart
Transplants

Just the Facts | 2020

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Our Transplant Program Highlights

Heart Transplant and Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD)

Ranked consistently as one of the nation’s top programs, we’ve performed more than 700 heart transplants while maintaining outstanding patient outcomes that surpass the national average.

Lung Transplant

Our lung transplant team consistently ranks among the top 20 programs in the U.S. by volume, and our patients’ survival rates continue to be the best in North Texas.

Liver Transplant

As the largest liver transplant program in North Texas, our experienced liver transplant team uses state-of-the-art techniques to help patients with end-stage liver failure. Our patients also benefit from one of the shortest lengths of stay after surgery in the nation.

Kidney Transplant

Our kidney transplant program performs more transplants than any other program in North Texas. Known for their groundbreaking work, our expert physicians and scientists are behind several innovations that have become national standards of care.

Living-Donor Kidney Transplant

We offer transplant candidates better long-term outcomes and survival rates while ensuring that donors’ health and interests are protected.

Living-Donor Liver Transplant

With the help of our dedicated team of experts, a healthy adult can donate a portion of his or her liver to someone with end-stage liver disease, allowing the patient to bypass the waitlist.

Transplanting throughout a pandemic

From increased telehealth visits to expanded safety measures, this past year has changed the way we provide care and how our patients receive it, but one thing has not changed: We are here for our patients. This video was shown during our virtual Transplant Reunion, an extremely special event we hold every spring to celebrate the gift of life.

Become a Donor Today!

There's no greater gift than the gift of life. Please consider becoming an organ donor today.

Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Care

Our team’s multifaceted expertise enables us to deliver the comprehensive, integrated care that helps patients achieve the best possible outcomes. 

The Transplant Program team includes not only skilled surgeons, but also cardiologists, pulmonologists, hepatologists, nephrologists, intensive care physicians, infectious disease physicians, endocrinologists, imaging experts, nurses, transplant coordinators, social workers, psychologists, dietitians, pharmacists, financial coordinators, and other specialists. 

Award-Winning Care

We’re one of the world’s top academic medical centers, with a unique legacy of innovation in patient care and scientific discovery.  

Why UT Southwestern

Donating is Easy

Patients can sign up to be a transplant donor with Donate Life or through their local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 

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Refer a Patient for Transplant

Our dedicated transplant intake coordinators make it easy and convenient for physicians to refer patients who need organ transplants to UT Southwestern. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Research—Improving Transplant Outcomes

Because we are an academic medical institution, our patients have access to the latest groundbreaking research aimed at expanding the donor pool and developing new methods or preserving and evaluating organs.

Our Research

Living Donation

Last year, nearly 6,000 transplants were made possible by living donors, enabling patients to get their transplants sooner.

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Patient Stories

Our patients’ success stories are our greatest accomplishment, from multi-organ transplants to living kidney donations.

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