Penn Transplant Institute

Kidney Transplant Survival Rates

Surgeons at the Penn Transplant Institute perform nearly 200 kidney transplants every year, making Penn's kidney transplant program the largest and most experienced program in the region.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the Penn Transplant Institute's Kidney Transplant program a Silver Level Award. Penn is the only transplant center in the region and one of a select group of programs in the nation to receive this distinction.

Read more about the HHS Transplant Center Awards

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 timeframes for the kidney 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 kidney programs in the country.

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

National Average Penn Medicine
1 Month
97.61% 97.97%
1 Year
93.55% 96.07%
3 Years
84.98% 89.68%
  • 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 01/01/2009 and 06/30/2011 for the 1 Month and 1 Year Models; between 07/01/2006 and 12/31/2008 for the 3 Year Model. SRTR release July 2012.

See also: CHOP pediatric kidney transplantation statistics