The Numbers

Our heart transplant survival rates — 95% one-year survival — exceed national averages and are among the best in the world.

graph of transplant survival ratesFor patients transplanted between 07/01/2008 and 12/31/2010 for the 1 month and 1 year models; between 01/01/2006 and 06/30/2008 for the 3 year model. 
Center: University of Minnesota Medical Center
Organ: Heart (Single-organ transplants only)
Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients

The nation’s longest-living heart transplant recipient is still benefitting from our innovative care more than 33 years after surgery.

Currently we perform about 20-30 heart transplants annually. This places our program among the top 10 to 15 percent in the nation. 

We have performed the most heart transplants in Minnesota — 774 (and counting) since 1978.


"Best Care"

graph of yearly heart failure care evaluationsIn 2011-12, nearly 100% of all heart failure patients at the University received “best care” as defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Bronze Award for excellence in combined heart/kidney transplant

bronze award statueThe University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview was selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to receive the Bronze Award for excellence in combined heart/kidney transplant.

Initiatives and Innovations

  • Founded in collaboration with the hematology-oncology therapy treatment group, the Cardio-Oncology Clinic has witnessed remarkable growth, serving 88 patients in its first year.
  • We are conducting cell therapy trials in patients with LVADs (left ventricular assist devices).
  • We have initiated complex ablation in patients with VADs and ventricular arrhythmias.