Penn Transplant Institute

The Penn Difference

Why Patients Choose Penn Medicine's Heart Transplant Program

Penn Medicine's heart transplant program is leading health care beyond the limits of conventional medicine by offering patients more options to improve their lives every day. Patients who choose Penn for their heart transplant have access to the most advanced care available.

The heart transplant program at Penn Medicine, part of the Penn Transplant Institute's multi-organ transplant center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, has established a national reputation with a number of noteworthy attributes including:

  • Performs more adult heart transplants per year than all other Philadelphia area hospitals combined, making it one of the top three heart transplantation programs in the nation.*
  • Performed more than 800 heart transplants since the program began in 1988.
  • Survival rates at one-month, one-year, and three-year post-transplant consistently exceed national averages and are among the highest in the state and region.
  • Received the Medal of Honor for Organ Donation from The Joint Commission.
  • The only heart transplant center in the region and one of a select group of programs in the nation to be awarded a Bronze Level Award by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Transplant Center Awards.
  • Was the first heart transplant center in the region to receive certification for temporary total artificial heart (TAH-t) implantation.
  • Provides consulting and training services for other medical professionals around the world.
  • Recognized by both peers and consumers in Best Doctors in America, Philadelphia magazine's "Top Docs" and America's Top Doctors.
  • Establishes new scientific partnerships to give patients early access to the latest in mechanical devices that support or replace heart functions.
  • Membership in the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and certified as a Medicare Center for heart transplantation.
  • Partners with Gift of Life, the regional organ procurement organization and the largest organ procurement organization in the country.
  • Offers multiple organ transplantation, including heart-lung and lung-liver transplants.
  • Supports active research programs that put Penn at the forefront of new developments in heart transplantation.

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