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Top U.S. hospitals performing heart transplants

The volume of heart transplant procedures performed in the U.S. has been steadily increasing each year for the past 11 years. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), 2022 marked a 68% increase in heart transplants from the year prior.

Let’s take a look at where in the United States most of these procedures are happening.

How many hospitals in the U.S. do heart transplants?

Definitive Healthcare tracks more than 110 hospitals that have performed one or more heart transplants in 2023 through November.

Using the Definitive Healthcare Atlas All-Payor Claims dataset, we ranked the top 20 hospitals with the greatest volume of heart transplant procedures in 2023 through November. The data represents the percentage of all heart transplants within that time frame performed in U.S. hospitals tracked by Definitive Healthcare.

Top 20 heart transplant hospitals by percentage of procedures

RankDefinitive IDHospitalStatePercent of heart transplants in the U.S. in 2023Explore dataset
1998Piedmont Atlanta Hospital (AKA Piedmont Hospital) GA5.7%Explore
22843Tisch HospitalNY5.0%Explore
3588Stanford Hospital - 300 Pasteur DrCA5.0%Explore
4430Cedars-Sinai Medical CenterCA4.2%Explore
5776Cleveland Clinic FloridaFL3.9%Explore
62096University HospitalMI3.9%Explore
73120Cleveland Clinic Main CampusOH3.6%Explore
83862Methodist HospitalTX3.5%Explore
92381Saint Lukes Hospital of Kansas CityMO3.2%Explore
10792Mayo Clinic Hospital - FloridaFL3.2%Explore
11718Hartford HospitalCT3.1%Explore
123923William P Clements Jr. University HospitalTX3.0%Explore
132926Westchester Medical CenterNY2.6%Explore
142191Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Mary's CampusMN2.4%Explore
15899HCA Florida Largo HospitalFL2.3%Explore
16360Childrens Hospital Los AngelesCA2.0%Explore
17809Tampa General HospitalFL2.0%Explore
181365IU Health Methodist HospitalIN1.9%Explore
191920University of Maryland Medical CenterMD1.7%Explore
201966Tufts Medical CenterMA1.7%Explore

Fig 1. Data is from the Definitive Healthcare Atlas All-Payor Claims dataset. Percentages represent the percent of total heart transplants performed in 2023 through November. Data accessed December 2023.

Which hospitals do the most heart transplants?

The U.S. hospital that performed the most heart transplants in 2023 was Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. This hospital, which performed 5.7% of the heart transplants last year, also ranks on other top cardiovascular-related lists, including top U.S. hospitals with the most cardiovascular disease diagnoses and top hospitals by TAVR procedures. According to competitive market analysis data in the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product, more than a quarter of all physicians at this hospital specialize in thoracic surgery, likely why this facility ranks among the top heart transplant hospitals, as thoracic surgeons are involved in all surgeries involving the chest.

The hospitals that performed the second highest volume of heart transplants are Tisch Hospital and Stanford Hospital. Each performed 5% of the heart transplants in 2023. Following behind is Cedars-Sinal Medical Center, having performed 4.2% of the heart transplants in 2023.

Advancements in heart xenotransplants

One facility to note in the list above is the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. This facility performed the first-ever pig-to-human heart transplantation. The successful surgery, which gave the transplant recipient an additional 60 days of life before complications led to heart failure, is a medical milestone in the field of xenotransplantation, the process of transplanting live nonhuman cells, tissues, or organs into a human body.

Check out Definitive Healthcare’s podcast Definitively Speaking to hear from Dr. Muhammad Mohuddin, director of xenotransplantation at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who oversaw the groundbreaking medical advancement.

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