Cedars-Sinai is Heart Transplant Leader

April 11, 2012

For the second year in a row, 87 adult hearts were transplanted at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Center in 2011, more than at any other hospital in the country, the hospital announced today.

"Cedars-Sinai's commitment to the patient with advanced heart failure is unmatched," said Dr. Eduardo Marban, director of the institute."We are the No. 1 heart transplant program in the world."

The medical center started its heart institute in 1988. Since then, 741 transplants have been done. Last year, two heart-and-lung transplants were done at the institute, in addition to the heart replacements.

In 2010, 75 heart transplants and one heart-and-lung transplant were performed, according to the hospital whose ranking out of 116 hospitals is based on statistics kept by the United Network for Organ Sharing, the nonprofit that runs the nation's transplant system.

Dr. Andrew S. Klein is the director of the hospital's comprehensive transplant center and the Ester and Mark Schuman Chair of Surgery and Transplant Medicine.

"The collaborative efforts of more than 300 doctors, scientists and staff within the Comprehensive Transplant Center have been life-saving and quality-of-life improving for a rapidly growing numbers of patients at Cedars- Sinai," he said. "The opportunity to be a part of this transformative process is a gift."

This article appeared in the Beverly Hills Courier.