IU Health now nation’s 7th largest transplant center

Posted on Feb 1, 2017

IU Health now nation’s 7th largest transplant center

IU Health continues to keep pace with the nation’s top transplant centers by maintaining solid clinical outcomes and connecting patients with available organs sooner

A recent study in The American Journal of Transplantation shows large, high-volume transplant centers have better clinical outcomes. And, when it comes to transplant centers, Indiana has one of the nation’s largest.

Indiana University Health, the state’s largest and most comprehensive organ transplant center, performed 489 lifesaving transplants in 2016, making it the seventh largest transplant center in the nation and the third largest in the Midwest, according to the latest data from the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). IU Health’s overall number of transplants made up 80 percent of the 616 total transplants performed in the state of Indiana last year.

Compared to the rest of the nation, IU Health’s individual organ transplant programs ranked as follows with three among the top five:

  • Pancreas – No. 2 in the U.S. (50 transplants)
  • Intestine – No. 4 in the U.S. (15 transplants)
  • Liver – No. 5 in the U.S. (160 transplants)
  • Lung – No. 14 in the U.S. (52 transplants)
  • Kidney – No. 28 in the U.S. (185 transplants)
  • Heart – No. 42 in the U.S. (27 transplants)

“These numbers ultimately represent lives saved,” said Jonathan Fridell, MD, chief of abdominal transplantation for IU Health. “The high number of transplants we perform means we offer patients better quality care, shorter wait times for organs and the depth of experience needed to handle the most complex cases.”

For the past 15 years, IU Health has consistently ranked among the top transplant centers in the country, transplanting an average of nearly 500 organs each year, saving and prolonging the lives of thousands of adults and children.

IU Health remains one of the few transplant centers in the Midwest offering kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, intestine and multi-visceral (multi-organ) transplants. And its transplant programs have some of the best clinical outcomes and shortest wait times for organs in the nation.

IU Health also happens to be the only transplant center in Indiana capable of providing transplantation for higher risk recipients with complex medical histories and conditions, giving hope to many who would otherwise be unlikely to match with a compatible donor for transplantation.

Part of what makes the program unique is the fact that an IU Health transplant surgeon personally reviews each potential donor organ, which increases the number of prospective organs for transplant and shortens the amount of time patients spend on waiting lists.

“Every transplant at our center is made possible thanks to dedication of our team members and the generosity of organ donors who have given the gift of life,” said Tim Taber, MD, medical director of kidney and pancreas transplantation for IU Health and the chief medical officer for Indiana Donor Network.

The program also owes its success to its extensive, multidisciplinary team of clinical experts – ranging from physicians, nurses and transplant coordinators to social workers, dietitians, pharmacists and psychologists.

“Every member of the wider transplant team serves an important role in ensuring each patient’s clinical, social and emotional needs are met along their journey to health,” said David Alvar, vice president of transplant services for IU Health.

Additionally, with the combined research expertise of scientists from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Methodist Research Institute, IU Health is at the forefront of efforts to discover and develop immunosuppressive medications and anti-rejection drug therapies.

For more information about IU Health Transplant, call 317-944-4370.

Media Contact: Gene Ford, gford2@iuhealth.org, 317.985.8731