Thursday, March 31, 2011

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center performs record 131 lung transplants

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center performed a record 131 lung transplants in 2010, the most of any transplant center in the United States, the hospital network announced on Tuesday.

UPMC surgeons performed more than 1,300 lung transplants since its lung transplant program began in 1982. In each of the past four years, the program has done more than 100 transplants.

All together, UPMC performed 516 organ transplants last year, according to data compiled by the United Network for Organ Sharing.

“These are serious, debilitating conditions, and our goal is to help people have a better quality of life and a better chance at survival,” Dr. Yoshiya Toyoda, director of UPMC’s cardiothoracic transplantation program, said in a prepared statement.

Source: Pittsburgh Business Times by Kris B. Mamula

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