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Libby Mitchell

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Jun 24, 2016 1:20 PM

New results from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) show University of Utah Health Care’s transplant program has some of the best results in the nation when it comes to liver and kidney transplant one year after surgery.

The results are based on two metrics: the health of the organ and the survival of the patient. The SRTR found that between January 2013 and June 2015 95% of adult liver transplant patients were still alive after one year. They also found that 95% of the livers transplanted were still functioning.

There is more good news when it comes to adult kidney transplants done at the U. The SRTR reports that in the same time period 99.43% of patients who received kidneys were still alive after one year. They also report that 99.54% of kidneys transplanted were functioning.

The SRTR also reports that compared to any other programs in the U.S., a patient receiving a liver or a kidney at the U has among the lowest risk of transplant organ failure or death (i.e. hazard ratios or HRs) in the first year. Based on these HRs, a patient receiving a liver at the U has the second lowest likelihood in the U.S. of having either their transplanted liver fail or of death. The HRs also show that a patient receiving a kidney transplant at the U has the lowest likelihood in the US of having their transplanted kidney fail.

The Liver and Kidney Programs consist of faculty and staff stakeholders who are passionate about their patients,” said Robin Kim, M.D., the Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Advanced Hepatobiliary Surgery. “These results show their commitment to their work, and to bettering the lives of transplant patients.

The SRTR was founded in 1987 as a registry to track the scientific and clinical status of solid organ transplantation, including kidney, heart, liver, lung, intestine, and pancreas. Learn more at