Lung Transplantation Center

A successful lung transplant depends on:

  • Properly evaluating the person receiving the donated lung
  • Properly matching the lung donor to the person receiving the lung to assure compatibility between them
  • Expertise in the surgical procedures needed to remove the failing lung and replace it with a donated lung
  • Expertise in transplant medicine to ensure the health of the transplanted lung and manage any potential complications such as rejection or infections.

To measure the quality of care provided to lung transplant patients, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center examines one-month, one-year and three-year survival rates.

The table below highlights both the numbers and percentages of lung transplant patients surviving one month, one year and three years.

In addition, survival rates for lung transplant patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are also compared to survival rates expected for lung transplant patients with similar ages and health conditions. These data are reported to the  Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

Lung Transplant
(Patients Age 18+)
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Patient Survival for:1 Month1 Year3 Years
For transplants performedJan 2011 -
Jun 2013
Jan 2011 -
Jun 2013
Jul 2008 -
Dec 2010
Number of transplants*383847
Percent of patients surviving at the end of period observed**92.11%71.05%74.47%
Expected survival rate for patients of similar ages, blood type, and health condition***96.73%86.78%65.98%
Cedars-Sinai's survival rates compared to what is expected for similar patientsNot significantly differentNot significantly differentNot significantly different

* These statistics reflect patients who had their first lung transplant.  They do not include anyone who had a multiple organ transplant.

** Observed survival rates use the Kaplan-Meier method to estimate outcomes for patients for whom complete follow-up is not expected. Because different cohorts are followed for each time period, it is possible for the reported three-year survival to exceed one-year survival.

*** The survival rate that would be expected for the patients served by this center, given the characteristic mix of the recipient and donor (age, disease and blood type, etc.) and the experience of similar patients in the United States as a whole.


In the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals issue, Cedars-Sinai once again ranked among America's best in Pulmonology.

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