Liver transplant: Outcomes

You should know that by choosing to have your transplant at the University of Iowa you have come to a program that performs consistently among the best programs in the country in terms of patient and graft outcomes.

Our outcomes exceed national averages and the outcomes that are expected for our center based on the severity of the patients that we transplant. We tend to transplant patients faster than in areas with higher populations. These shorter wait times mean there's less chance for our patients to die from their complications while waiting for a transplant.

We encourage you to research the outcome data provided by the Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients.

By the numbers

Our short- and long-term survival outcomes routinely exceed expectations as well as the national average. They also equal or exceed those of all centers in our region. We encourage potential candidates to look at the objective transplant center outcomes data that is publically available.

Because our waiting list is relatively short, and the nature of the state's organ procurement practices, we can transplant people before they become too sick. These factors, combined with the exceptional expertise of our team, mean that fewer people on the Iowa liver transplant waiting list die while waiting for a transplant.

In 2011, the most recent year that figures were available, a national model for organ transplant rates predicted that University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics should perform an estimated 26 liver transplants per 100 person years (a total of time that all patients are waiting on a transplant recipient list). During that year, we had a liver transplant rate of 46.8 per 100 person years, outperforming our projection by almost 2 to 1.


Liver transplants per 100 person years (prediction)


Liver transplants per 100 person years (our actual score)

Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients

Among our other distinctions

  • OptumHealth Care Solutions has awarded our adult liver transplant program its prestigious Transplant Access Program designation.
  • The Iowa Business Council awarded the UI Organ Transplant Center an Iowa Partner in Efficiency Award in 2010 for its exceptional quality and service.
  • We are a Blue Cross Blue Shield Center of Excellence.
  • We are a national referral center for neuroendocrine tumors.
Last reviewed: 
January 2018

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