Cleveland Clinic Sets Lung Transplant Record

October 21, 2009

Last week, the Cleveland Clinic set the world record for the number of lung transplants performed in a single year with their 129th lung transplant. The previous record was set in 2007 when the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center performed 128 lung transplants. Cleveland Clinic expects to perform at least a total of 160 lung transplants by the end of the year.

"It's not about the numbers," Dr. Marie Budev, medical director of the Clinic's Lung Transplantation Program, said by phone Thursday afternoon. "It's about the patients. And we're learning more and more about what you can do for these patients. We're learning that these patients that were deemed high risk can actually do very well."

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