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Spotlight On...Organ Transplants

In 2007, Cedars-Sinai's Comprehensive Transplant Center will perform an estimated:

  • 160 kidney transplants
  • 70 liver transplants
  • 30-35 heart transplants
  • 20 lung transplants
  • 12 pancreas transplants
Most of the organs come from donors in California and other Western states. OneLegacy Transplant Donor Network, a non-profit group, works with the 14 transplant centers and 220 hospitals located throughout Southern California to facilitate organ and tissue donations in the area, including Los Angeles.

How is the safety of donor organs ensured?

"When a loved one is approached about an organ donation, a comprehensive medical history is taken of the potential donor, including a discussion of any risky behavior. In addition, blood tests and organ function tests are performed before the organ or organs are even removed," says Andrew S. Klein, M.D., director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center.

What are our outcomes?

Cedars-Sinai meets or exceeds national outcomes, which are determined by a national database that predicts outcomes based on the level of severity of the recipient's illness, according to Klein.

In addition, our transplant teams are among the most experienced in the world. In 2005, Cedars-Sinai's transplant program became the first in the nation to be designated as a living donor liver transplant site by UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing). In a living donor liver transplant, half the liver is removed from a healthy donor and transplanted into the recipient.

What types of transplants are available?

The Comprehensive Transplant Center performs lung, heart, liver, kidney, and pancreas transplants. For more information on organ transplants, please contact the Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Transplant Center at (310) 423-2641.