VUMC reaches major milestone by completing 1,000 heart transplantations


Surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) performed five heart transplants in four days to place the institution among an elite group of transplant centers in the country -; reaching 1,000 heart transplantations.

VUMC is home to the second busiest heart transplant program in the country and ranked No. 1 in the Southeast region for volume for its combined adult and pediatric procedures, according to data released by the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN).

"This is a well-earned distinction for our heart transplant team, further validating their expertise and commitment. Such success requires sustained clinical excellence and is only possible through the altruism of those who generously donate their organs so that others may live. Our reward is helping grateful patients whose lives have been saved through the miracle of transplantation," said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Health System officer for VUMC. "I am very proud of our team and want to congratulate them on this achievement."

This marks the second consecutive year that VUMC's program held its national ranking.

"This (reaching 1,000) is an outstanding milestone for the heart transplant program and for the institution as a whole, one that only a small number of other institutions have attained," said Thomas Wang, M.D., Gottlieb C. Friesinger II Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine. Continue reading
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