Heart Transplant Outcomes

Since performing Detroit’s first heart transplant in 1985, the Henry Ford team has saved the lives of hundreds of people with heart failure. Our comprehensive program addresses all your cardiac needs. We offer the latest treatments, support devices, transplant options and heart-strengthening rehabilitation.

Our heart transplant patients have survival rates that meet expected results, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

At a Glance

  • First transplant: 04/23/85
  • Transplants performed in 2017: 16
  • Total number of program transplants through 2017:511
  • Number of VADs in 2017: 47




Median time to transplant<: 11.1 months (compared with 8.6 nationally)
Waitlist mortality~: 0.045 (expected 0.137, national 0.125) not significantly different

transplant heart outcomes 2016



< Patients registered on the wait list between 01/01/2011 and 06/30/2016
~ Patients on the waitlist between 01/01/2016 and 12/31/2016
* Patients receiving their first transplant of this type between 01/01/2014 and 06/30/2016 for the one-month and one-year model; between 07/01/2011 and 12/31/2013 for the three-year model
1The expected probability of surviving, adjusted for patient and donor characteristics.
++for transplants performed between 01/01/2016 and 12/31/2016

Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, Center and OPO-specific Reports, based on data available 04/30/2017, released 07/06/2017. 
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