Congratulations to the UHN Multi-Organ Transplant Program on Becoming the Largest Adult Transplant P
University Health Network (UHN) innovations, strong living donor programs, along with increased numbers of deceased donors in Ontario and generous philanthropic gifts have contributed to making the Multi-Organ Transplant Program the largest adult transplant program in North America.
UHN’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program reached a milestone of completing 639 adult transplants in 2017.
Based on U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and UHN’s own data as of March 01, 2018, UHN’s Multi-Organ Transplant Program ranked first in volume, with UCLA Medical Center performing 607 adult transplants, and the University of California San Francisco Medical Center performing 601 adult transplants in 2017.
“This propels us into the ranks of the top transplant programs internationally, as we now strive to become the top transplant program in the world,” says Dr. Atul Humar (photo right), Medical Director of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program, located at Toronto General Hospital (TGH), UHN. “It is not just the experience we have in doing so many transplants, our outcomes are equal to or exceed international standards even though we take on some of the most complex cases.”
There was an increase in numbers of procedures in all organ groups, but especially in lung, liver and kidney transplants. The lung transplant program – now the largest in the world – performed 167 transplants, with about one-third of them due to the innovative Toronto Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion System. This system for high-risk donor lungs, a world-first pioneered at TGH, UHN in 2008, assesses, improves and treats donor lungs, making many more available for transplant. This program is now expanding to other organs.
"This work opens the door for a variety of therapies that could potentially be applied to repair various injuries in other donor organs to improve the safety and outcomes of transplants. We are well on the way to becoming the world’s first Ex Vivo Organ Repair Centre which uses sophisticated molecular and cellular repair techniques to further improve transplant outcomes," says Dr. Humar.