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.  Our results at Cedars-Sinai are not statistically significantly different than expected and reflect the high risk patients that we have elected to transplant.  We are committed to excellence in the care we provide to our patients and are willing to consider lung transplantation in patients that other centers consider to be too high risk for this procedure.

Lung Transplant
(Patients Age 18+)
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Patient Survival for:1 Month1 Year3 Years
For transplants performedJul 2011 -
Dec 2013
Jul 2011 -
Dec 2013
Jan 2009 -
Jun 2011
Number of transplants*383843
Number of observed deaths during the period388
Expected survival rate for patients of similar ages, blood type, and health condition**96.84%87.44%67.47%
Hazard ratio***1.591.610.59

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

** 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.

***The hazard ratio provides an estimate of how Cedars-Sinai's results compare with what was expected based on modeling the transplant outcomes from all U.S. programs. A ratio above 1 indicates higher than expected patient death rates (e.g., a hazard ratio of 1.5 would indicate 50% higher risk), and a ratio below 1 indicates lower than expected patient death rates (e.g., a hazard ratio of 0.75 would indicate 25% lower risk). If the hospital's patient death rate were precisely the expected rate, the estimated hazard ratio would be 1.0.


In the 2013-14 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals issue, Cedars-Sinai once again ranked among America's best in Pulmonology.

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