Penn Heart and Vascular

The Difference of the Penn Heart Transplantation Program

The Penn Difference

Penn Medicine is leading health care beyond the limits of conventional medicine by offering patients more options to improve their lives every day. Our commitment to serving you and advancing medicine is why we can say to the world, "Your Life is Worth Penn Medicine."

Learn more about why patients choose the Heart Transplantation Program at Penn for the most advanced care available:

Experience patients can rely on.

  • The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is ranked among the Top 10 Heart Transplant Programs in the country.*
  • Penn performs more adult heart transplants per year than all other Philadelphia area hospitals combined, making it one of the top five heart transplantation programs in the nation.
  • More than 1,000 heart transplants have been performed since the program began in 1988.
  • Penn has received the Get With The Guidelines®— Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

Results that improve longevity and quality of life

  • Penn's survival rates at one month, one year, and three years post-transplant consistently exceed national averages and are among the highest in the state and region.

Outstanding rates for organ donation.

  • The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania received The Medal of Honor for Organ Donation from The Joint Commission.

"Firsts" that offer new options for patients.

  • Penn Medicine was the first heart transplant center in the region to receive certification for temporary total artificial heart (TAH-t) implantation.

Physicians with credentials that translate to the best in quality care.

  • Penn's transplant surgeons are board-certified and fellowship-trained in cardiothoracic surgery.
  • Transplant team members provide consultation and training for other medical professionals around the world.
  • They are regularly acknowledged for their talent by both peers and consumers and have been recognized by Best Doctors in America, Philadelphia magazine's "Top Docs" and America's Top Doctors.

Collaborative relationships that deliver real value to patients.

  • The Penn transplant team constantly forges new scientific partnerships to give patients early access to the latest in mechanical devices that support or replace heart functions.
  • The Penn Heart Transplant Program is a member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and is certified as a Medicare Center for heart transplantation.
  • Penn's transplant team works closely with Gift of Life, the regional organ procurement organization and the largest organ procurement organization in the country.

Integrated and coordinated care maximizes care quality and convenience.

  • The Penn Heart and Vascular Center's multidisciplinary team of providers is fully integrated under one roof to offer heart transplant patients one point of access to every level of care they may need, including physicians, surgeons, dedicated nurse practitioners, physical therapists, dieticians and social workers.

Unique capabilities and expertise.

  • Penn is one of the leading medical centers in the world offering multiple organ transplantation, including heart-lung and lung-liver transplants.

Active research programs that put Penn at the forefront of new developments in heart transplantation.

  • Penn Medicine has one of the only programs in the region exploring noninvasive methods to detect rejection in heart transplant patients.

* Source: Data from OPTN/SRTR Center and OPO specific reports (June 2010): Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients; available at and

2012 Penn Heart Failure Clinical Activity Report

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