Organ transplantation is one of the most challenging, complex, and rewarding areas of modern medicine.
For patients, it’s a cherished gift and a chance to improve or extend their life. For donors, it’s an enduring demonstration of a compassionate and generous spirit.
As a transplant patient who is referred to UT Southwestern Medical Center, you're getting more than expert physicians and surgeons assigned to your care – you’re also getting a dedicated support team of health care professionals, including:
- Specially trained inpatient and outpatient nurses
- Transplant coordinators
- Clinical coordinators
- Social workers
- Financial coordinators
Each plays a unique and critical role in the complex world of transplantation medicine, but all have the same mission: Deliver seamless, patient-focused care, starting at the initial evaluation appointment and continuing through the waiting period, surgery, and follow-up.
Our Transplant Highlights
UT Southwestern’s exceptional track record speaks to a consistent focus on excellence in patient care. In addition to performing more than 1,800 lifesaving organ transplants:
- The Heart Transplant Program’s one-year and three-year survival rates consistently exceed the national average. The program performed 43 transplants in 2016, placing it among the top 20 programs in the U.S. In early 2017, the program surpassed 600 heart transplants, a milestone that indicates the level of experience and breadth of expertise available at UT Southwestern.
- Our Lung Transplant Program is one of fewer than two dozen in the U.S. using which potentially allows physicians to improve the function of transplanted lungs and make more organs available for transplantation. The program performed 77 lung transplant surgeries in 2016, the most in a single year since the program’s inception. In 2016, the UTSW lung program performed more lung transplants than any center in Texas and the eighth highest volume in the nation.
- The Liver Transplant Program has a world-renowned team of surgeons and specialists that provide comprehensive medical and surgical care for patients with an end-stage liver disease requiring liver transplantation. The program has grown in transplant volume for seven consecutive years, thanks to a renowned team of surgeons and specialists who can manage all aspects of the liver transplant process and provides a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.
- Our Kidney Transplant Program has pioneered innovative treatments that have become nationally accepted practices. In 2016, the program surpassed 400 transplants in its history, and it opened a dedicated polycystic kidney disease (PKD) clinic in Dallas, one of only a few in the state.
As an academic medical institution, UT Southwestern is able to offer patients access to the latest groundbreaking research aimed at expanding the donor pool and developing new methods of preserving and evaluating organs.
Each transplant program may have clinical trials ongoing that expand patient treatment options and provide unique opportunities within specific organ areas.
Ask your UT Southwestern physician if you qualify for any ongoing research trials.