The 2019 UPMC organ transplant numbers are in. There were a total of 595 transplant surgeries performed at four UPMC hospitals, an increase of 38 procedures from 2018. Here’s the breakdown:

UPMC Transplants in 2019
  • 51 Heart
  • 87 Lung
  • 3 Pancreas
  • 2 Pancreas/Kidney
  • 6 Intestine
  • 174 Kidney
  • 116 Living-Donor Kidney
  • 70 Liver
  • 86 Living-Donor Liver

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A History of Transplant Leadership

UPMC Transplant Services has been a leader in organ transplants since it was established nearly four decades ago, performing more than 20,000 procedures to date. Home to some of the world’s foremost transplant experts, UPMC has been a part of pioneering transplant firsts. Consistently taking on the complex cases that other centers deem too risky, UPMC Transplant Services is able to maintain outcomes on
par with national benchmarks.

Pioneers in Transplantation

Since Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, performed the first successful liver transplant in 1967, UPMC has
forged a path to the forefront of the field. And as organ shortages have increased, UPMC has become a
leader in living-donor liver and living-donor kidney transplants as well. Living-donor transplants provide a way
to decrease organ wait times from years to just months while also improving outcomes.
Organ donation of all kinds has the power to change lives. In fact, a single organ, eye, and tissue donor have the potential to save eight lives and help up to 75 more people. You can register to be an organ donor today at UPMC.com/DonateLife.

About Transplant Services

Established in 1981, UPMC Transplant Services is one of the foremost organ transplant centers in the world. Our clinicians have performed more than 20,000 organ transplant procedures, including liver, kidney, pancreas, single and double lung, heart, and more. We are home to some of the world’s foremost transplant experts and have a long history of developing new antirejection therapies—so organ recipients can enjoy better health with fewer restrictions.