Penn Transplant Institute

Heart Transplant Survival Rates

Penn Medicine is the largest heart transplant center in the Mid-Atlantic region and one of the top three heart transplant programs in the nation. Surgeons at Penn have performed over 1000 heart transplants since the program began in 1988, more than all of the other centers in the region combined.

The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) is a national database of statistics related to solid organ transplantation – kidney, liver, pancreas, intestine, heart, and lung. Information in the registry is collected by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) from every transplant center and organ procurement organization (OPO) in the country.

The SRTR provides useful information about transplant outcomes and transplant programs. While much of the SRTR data is used for statistical research that helps shape organ allocation policy and health care practices, the SRTR also reports statistics for patients.

These reports include outcomes concerning patients on the waiting list and those who receive transplants. Patients and families can also learn how these statistics differ from one transplant program to the next.

The following table highlights recently published "Graft Survival" outcomes at one–month, one–year and, three–year time frames for the heart transplant program at Penn.

"Graft Survival" is the percentage of transplanted organs that are still working after transplant.

The "National Average" provides the average graft survival for all heart programs in the country.

Graft Survival Rates (Heart) National Average vs. Penn Medicine

National Average Penn Medicine
1 Month
95.8% 97.5%
1 Year
89.6% 92.0%
3 Years
80.7% 81.4%
  • National Average
  • Penn Medicine

For more information please visit the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) website.

*Data source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, For Patients Transplanted between 07/01/2008 and 12/31/2010 for the 1 Month and 1 Year Cohorts and between 01/01/2006 and 06/30/2008 for the 3 Year Cohorts. SRTR last published January 2012.