The Pediatric Heart Transplant Program at Lurie Children’s is the largest and most comprehensive program of its kind in Illinois and one of the largest in the country. Our program boasts exceptional one-year and three-year survival rates and has impressive longer-term recovery, with most patients experiencing no limitations to normal childhood activity just one year after surgery. Our program has extensive experience performing high risk transplants, including transplanting highly sensitized patients and retransplants.
Figure 1: This graph represents the number of pediatric heart transplants performed by Lurie Children's on all patients from January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2021. Find more information on transplant volumes on the UNOS website.
Figure 2: This graph represents the number of pediatric heart transplants performed on all patients by age from January 1988, when the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) began tracking the data, through December 31, 2021. Find more information on transplant volumes on the UNOS website.
Lurie Children's boasts exceptional pediatric heart transplant survival rates for both patient and graft (also called organ), with one-month and one-year survival rates above the national average. The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipient (SRTR) tracks outcome on graft survival, patient survival, and transplant rates, among many other outcome metrics. You can view the SRTR outcomes for Lurie Children’s here.