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Pediatric Heart Transplant Volumes & Outcomes

The Pediatric Heart Transplant Program at Lurie Children’s is the largest and most comprehensive program of its kind in Illinois. In 2019, Lurie Children’s performed the most pediatric heart transplants in the nation. 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.

Volumes


Figure 1: This graph represents the number of pediatric heart transplants performed by Lurie Children's on all patients from January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2020. Find more information on transplant volumes on the UNOS website.

Data Source: UNOS and internal hospital data.


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, 2020. Find more information on transplant volumes on the UNOS website.

Data Source: UNOS and internal hospital data

Outcomes

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.

Figure 3: The table above compares one-month, one-year and three-year patient survival rates for pediatric heart transplants for Lurie Children's with the national average. Pediatric (<18 years of age) heart transplant outcomes listed above are based on the January 2021 SRTR report. 1-month and 1-year data for transplants performed between 7/1/2017-12/31/2019. 3-year data for transplants performed between 01/01/2015-06/30/2017.

Figure 4: The table above compares one-month, one-year and three-year graft survival rates for pediatric heart transplants for Lurie Children's with the national average. Pediatric (<18 years of age) heart transplant outcomes listed above are based on the January 2021 SRTR report. 1-month and 1-year data for transplants performed between 07/01/2017-12/31/2019. 3-year data for transplants performed between 01/01/2015-6/30/2017.

Data Source: Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients website