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.

In terms of surgical volume, patient outcomes, and physician expertise, we have one of the best transplant programs in the country.

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

Heart

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 600 heart transplants. The program consistently exceeds national one- and three-year survival rates while treating some of the sickest patients in the Metroplex. Our program also performs more multi-organ transplants than the national average and is the only local center that transplants adult congenital heart patients.

We also treat patients before they need a transplant. In the Advanced Heart Failure Program, UT Southwestern physicians optimize medical management at each stage of heart disease, allowing each patient to receive the right treatment at the right time.

Lung

Having performed more than 600 lung transplant operations, our Lung Transplantation Program is in the upper echelon of such programs in the country. According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, in 2016 UT Southwestern ranked No. 1 in the region in one-year survival rates, and the program’s median time-to-transplant rate was 3½ months – easily the shortest time in North Texas.

With this track record, our physicians are able to provide patients some of the best health outcomes in the state. We also utilize innovative technologies like ex vivo to bolster the viability of donor organs and potentially increase the number of organs available for transplant.

Kidney

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 and have performed more than 400 surgeries. 

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, our program has built one of the most advanced tissue-typing and histocompatibility laboratories in the country.

Liver

For the last seven years, the Liver Transplant Program at UT Southwestern has continued to grow in volume while producing three-year survival rates above the national average. The program has also earned certification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, providing a crucial step toward ensuring access for patients in need.

To better serve patients who come from outside the Metroplex, the program opened patient care clinics in Austin, El Paso, and Lubbock, where patients can receive pre- and postoperative services near their homes and have their transplant done at UT Southwestern’s state-of-the-art William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital in Dallas.

Multiple Organs

Our surgeons and physicians have a collective wealth of experience in the arena of multiple-organ transplantation. Following a multidisciplinary, team-based approach, physicians and experts from different transplant programs work closely and extremely well together to perform the sometimes rare and complex multiple-organ transplants for patients who need them.

In 2016, UT Southwestern performed 10 multi-organ transplant cases. Among those cases were: a combined heart/liver transplant (one of only 18 performed in the U.S.) and a lung/liver transplant (one of only seven performed in the U.S.).