UH Transplant Wait Times Shorter Than National Average

July 15, 2017

UH Transplant Institute

July 2017


Director of Lung Transplantation, UH Transplant Institute; Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Patients are never just a number at University Hospitals Transplant Institute. We are part of a large health care system with highly experienced physicians who provide our patients with personalized care and are known for excellent patient outcomes.

"We consider patients to be part of our family," says Robert Schilz, D.O., director of lung transplantation at UH Transplant Institute.

As part of our commitment to our patients and exceptional transplant care, we focus on providing better access to care as well as shorter wait times than the national average.

Access to care

As a comprehensive transplant program, we believe that local access is necessary for patients and referring physicians who are considering a transplant for treatment of advanced heart, kidney, liver or lung failure. That is why UH Transplant Institute has established satellite Education and Evaluation Centers in Akron to serve Summit County and in Westlake to serve the western suburbs and Lorain County.

A superior team of transplant surgeons and other specialists from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center provide services at our satellite locations, including:

  • Determination of transplant candidacy.
  • Partnership with local providers to improve timely referral.
  • Patient education about organ failure and transplant. 
  • Support programming to enhance patient and care provider support.

Once a patient is accepted into our program, the actual transplant procedure and initial follow-up care are performed at UH Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Long-term follow-up care is co-managed with the referring physician.

Wait times: Our numbers vs. national average

Wait times at UH Transplant Institute are significantly shorter than the national average for deceased donor transplants. Our goal is to minimize the recipient’s time on the transplant waiting list and get them back to their regular activities as quickly as possible.

The following is an overview of our recent wait times as compared to national averages. These numbers represent patient wait times between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.

Heart transplant

  • UH median time to transplant (n=16): 5.3 months 
  • National median time to transplant: 8.6 months

Kidney transplant

  • UH median time to transplant (n=93): 64.3 months
  • National median time to transplant: >72 months

Liver transplant

  • UH median time to transplant (n=17): 0.9 months
  • National median time to transplant: 15.7 months

Lung transplant

  • UH median time to transplant (n=6): 1.7 months
  • National median time to transplant: 4.2 months


To learn more about our programs or to consult the UH Transplant Institute, please call our dedicated Intake Center at 216-844-3689.

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