Organ transplantation is one of the most challenging, complex, and rewarding areas of modern medicine.
For patients, it’s a chance to improve or extend their life. For donors, it’s a cherished gift that reveals their enduring, 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 an extensive support team of health care professionals, including:
- Specially trained inpatient and outpatient nurses
- Transplant coordinators
- Clinical coordinators
- Social workers
- Dietitians focused specifically on transplant medicine.
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 exceptional track record speaks to a consistent focus on excellence in patient care. In addition to performing more than 1,300 lifesaving organ transplants:
- The Heart Transplant Program has consistently ranked among the top 10 in the United States, and our one-year and three-year survival rates exceed the national average.
- The Lung Transplant program has achieved a 100-percent survival rate – compared to an average of 83.6 percent for all other centers in the nation – for one-year post-transplant survival of double lung transplant patients.
- The Bone Marrow Transplant Program is actively investigating a new method of transplantation that de-emphasizes the toxic effects of high-dose chemotherapy and radiation therapy while emphasizing the powerful anti-cancer effects of donor immune cells. This treatment has resulted in complete and ongoing remissions in many patients with otherwise incurable malignancies.
- Our kidney transplant physicians are responsible for a number of innovations that have become nationally accepted practices.
- The Liver Transplant Program provides comprehensive medical and surgical care for patients with end-stage liver disease requiring liver transplantation. The world-renowned team of surgeons and specialists can manage all aspects of the liver transplant process and provides a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.
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 of preserving and evaluating organs.