Heart Transplant Outcomes

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has performed more than 200 heart transplants since the inception of our Heart-Lung Transplant Program in 1990. The program performs heart transplants, heart-lung transplants and lung transplants (see lung transplant outcomes).

Recent heart transplant experience:

  • 2015: 10 transplants
  • 2014: 11 transplants
  • 2013: 17 transplants
  • 2012: 10 transplants
  • 2011: 10 transplants
  • 2010: 11 transplants
  • 2009: 14 transplants
  • 2008: 6 transplants

A heart transplant is performed when a heart defect can’t be treated by any other medical or surgical means. It is reserved for those individuals with a high risk of dying from heart disease.

Heart Transplant Patient Survival (< 18 years old)

It is possible for three-year survival rates to exceed one-year survival because different groups of patients are followed for each time period.



Data for 1 month and 1 year survival is for patients who received heart transplants between July 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012

Data for 3 year survival is for patients who received heart transplants between January 1, 2008 and June 20, 2010

Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients

The heart transplant indicators are included in the national database of transplant statistics developed by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. Our Heart Transplant Program is approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and is a participating member of its data collection registry.