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Top hospitals performing the most liver transplants

The liver is the largest internal organ in the human body. It has several important jobs, including processing nutrients, medications, and hormones, as well as removing bacteria and toxins from the blood. The liver helps to regulate some of the most important bodily systems, but when it’s not functioning properly, it can be detrimental to your overall health.

When patients are suffering from the complications of liver disease, many opt to have the organ removed and replaced with a healthy one. This procedure is known as a liver transplant and is one of the best treatment options for patients living with these kinds of conditions.

Using Definitive Healthcare’s Atlas All-Payor Claims product, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 hospitals that performed the most liver transplants in 2023.

Top liver transplant hospitals by procedure volume

Rank Definitive ID Hospital City State % of liver transplants in the U.S. Explore dataset
3120 Cleveland Clinic Main Campus Cleveland OH 6.2% Explore
1365 IU Health Methodist Hospital Indianapolis IN 6.0% Explore
998 Piedmont Atlanta Hospital  Atlanta GA 5.5% Explore
809 Tampa General Hospital Tampa FL 5.4% Explore
178 Mayo Clinic Hospital - Arizona Phoenix AZ 4.2% Explore
3923 William P Clements Jr University Hospital Dallas TX 3.6% Explore
792 Mayo Clinic Hospital - Florida Jacksonville FL 3.4% Explore
588 Stanford Hospital - 300 Pasteur Dr Stanford CA 3.0% Explore
1920 University of Maryland Medical Center Baltimore MD 3.0% Explore
10 2096 University Hospital Ann Arbor MI 2.8% Explore

Fig 1. Data is from Definitive Healthcare’s Atlas All-Payor Claims product for the calendar year 2023 through November. Claims data is sourced from multiple medical claims clearinghouses in the United States and updated monthly. Accessed December 2023.

Which hospitals performed the most liver transplants in 2023?

In 2023, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus performed the highest percentage of liver transplants in the U.S., accounting for 6.2% of total transplants nationwide. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus is one of the largest hospitals in the country by bed count and also had the highest percentage of total patients and outpatient claims across all U.S. hospitals in 2022.

The hospital that performed the second highest number of liver transplants by percentage is IU Health Methodist Hospital, which performed 6% of all liver transplants in the U.S. in 2023. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, this facility is affiliated with Indiana University as a leading academic medical center (AMC) and is one of the top hospitals in the U.S. by both net patient revenue and total outpatient claims.

Rounding out the top three is Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, accounting for 5.5% of all U.S. liver transplants in 2023. As the name suggests, this facility is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and is highly regarded for its development of advanced technology to assist with organ transplants. Additionally, this facility is ranked among the top 10 abdominal transplant teams in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

What is an organ transplant?

An organ transplant is a surgical procedure that involves removing an organ from one person (donor) and inserting it into the body of another (recipient). A person may need an organ transplant because of a disease that caused their organ to fail.

There are many organs that can be transplanted, including the:

When a patient needs an organ transplant, they are placed on an organ transplant list and must wait until a suitable donor is found, which can take time. Finding a compatible donor for the recipient is vital for the body to avoid rejecting the new organ. To prevent organ rejection, many patients take drugs that suppress the immune system and help the body accept the organ gradually.

What are the benefits and risks of a liver transplant?

Organ transplantation is one of the greatest advances in medical science in history. There are many benefits to having an organ transplant such as:

  • Extending life
  • Improved quality of life
  • Avoiding the need for regular procedures such as dialysis
  • Preventing the risk of chronic illnesses
  • Avoiding the need for medications

However, not every organ transplant is completely successful. There can also be risks associated with the procedure, including:

  • Complications during surgery
  • Infections
  • Organ rejection
  • Organ failure

Although organ transplantation is a complex and expensive process, it can often be a more cost-effective option for patients who are severely ill or experience organ failure of their own.

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