Heart Transplant Program | Volume and Outcomes

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The Boston Children's Hospital Heart Transplant team tracks and reviews many different quality metrics related to the performance of our program. We use these metrics to constantly improve the care of children undergoing heart transplantation. 

Transplant volume

Our Heart Transplant Program is one of the largest pediatric programs in the country. Since its inception, we have performed more nearly 300 heart transplants. The majority of our transplant recipients are children less than 18 years old.

Boston Children's pediatric heart transplants

Heart transplant volume

Transplant outcomes

Outcomes data are published biannually by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). The data below was released in June 2015.

Pediatric graft survival rates

Graft survival refers to the success of the transplanted organ. One-year data is for transplants occurring between 1/1/12 and 6/30/14. Three-year data is for transplant occurring between 7/1/09 and 12/31/11.

Pediatric patient survival rates

Patient survival rates rates represent the percent of patients alive following a period of time after transplant. Our one and three-year patient survival rates exceed the national average. One-year data is for transplants occurring between 1/1/12 and 6/30/14. Three-year data is for transplant occurring between 7/1/09 and 12/31/11.

Boston Children’s Hospital Heart Transplant team cares for and transplants some of the most complex patients. Patient and graft survival can be impacted by, among other things, recurrence of the primary disease, complications related to transplant, including poor adherence to medications schedules and the impact of long-term immunosuppression and complications due to other medical issues.

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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