Lung 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

Over the past several years, our adult one-year survival rate has been 100 percent. On average we perform about 17 lung transplants each year.

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 156.8 lung transplants per 100 person years (a total of time that all patients are waiting on a transplant recipient list). During that year, we instead had a lung transplant rate of 176.3 per 100 person years, outperforming that projection as well as the national average of 103.2.


Lung transplants per 100 person years (prediction)


Lung transplants per 100 person years (our actual score)

Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients

Among our other distinctions

  • Our lung transplant program meets the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services Conditions for Participation.
  • The Iowa Business Council awarded the UI Organ Transplant Center an Iowa Partner in Efficiency Award in 2011 for its exceptional quality and service.
Last reviewed: 
January 2018

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