Transplant Program: Quality

At UT Southwestern Medical Center, we’re committed to providing our transplant patients with high-quality health care in a medically safe environment at every step of their evaluation, procedure, and follow-up care.

Below is a review of recent highlights and results for our solid organ transplant programs.


Our Heart Transplant Program outcomes are among the best in the country and the very best in Texas. Since the Program’s inception a quarter-century ago, UTSW physicians have performed more than 400 heart transplants. By 2012, no other program in the state achieved better patient survival rates.


Now approaching its 400th lung transplant operation, our Lung Disease and Transplantation Program is in the upper echelon of such programs in the country. UTSW's one- and three-year patient survival rates are better than any other program in North Texas while our time to transplant also is shorter than any other transplant center in North Texas. And despite the fact that our patients come to us in worse shape than other centers, they fare significantly better.


Ever since UT Southwestern’s Paul Peters, M.D., performed the first kidney transplant operation in North Texas in 1964, our transplant physicians have been nationally recognized as some of the most experienced doctors in the field. Through the decades, those same doctors have been at the forefront of kidney transplantation science, participating in landmark clinical trials and translating the results into an unparalleled program that values excellent outcomes and individualized attention to each patient. In addition, they have built one of the most advanced tissue-typing and histocompatibility laboratories in the country.


Over the past three years, liver transplants at UT Southwestern have tripled in volume, and the Liver Transplant Program has earned certification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, providing a crucial step toward ensuring access for patients in need.

Multiple Organs

The collective experience of our surgeons and physicians in the arena of multiple-organ transplantation is unsurpassed in the state. In addition to performing the only successful lung/kidney transplant in North Texas, we are the only hospital in the region doing heart/lung transplants.