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Transplant in 2022
In 2022, for the third straight year, we performed more transplants than any program in North Texas and experienced unparalleled growth while maintaining exceptional patient outcomes. In addition, we continued to expand our waitlisting capabilities by opening new transplant clinics, hiring new faculty members, and improving access to our transplant programs – all of which contributed to increasing our footprint across Texas.
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
Just the Facts | 2020
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 is among the best in the country.
Our Transplant Program Highlights
We are the highest-ranked cardiology and heart surgery program in Texas (according to U.S. News & World Report) and provide transplant patients with survival outcomes that surpass the national average.
As the largest liver transplant program in North Texas for three years in a row, our experienced liver transplant team uses innovative 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.
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.
Our Kidney Transplant Program has experienced significant growth over the past five years, while maintaining outstanding patient outcomes that exceed the national average.
Living-Donor Kidney Transplant
We offer transplant candidates better long-term outcomes and survival rates while ensuring that donors’ health and interests are protected.
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.
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.
We’re one of the world’s top academic medical centers, with a unique legacy of innovation in patient care and scientific discovery.
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.
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.
Last year, nearly 6,000 transplants were made possible by living donors, enabling patients to get their transplants sooner.