By the Numbers: Transplants

Heart transplant recipient Beckham Scadlock, 4, of North Liberty, Iowa
Heart transplant recipient Beckham Scadlock, 4, of North Liberty, Iowa

The University of Iowa Organ Transplant Center is the state’s first transplant program and the only multi-organ, comprehensive transplant program in Iowa serving both adult and pediatric patients. In 2015, the center performed its 5,000th transplant, a milestone on a journey that began in 1969.

First transplants in Iowa occurred in:
1969: kidney
1979: pancreas; kidney and pancreas
1983: heart
1984: liver
1988: lung; heart and lung

Among patients:
85% are Iowans
9% live in surrounding states
46 states are represented
13 countries (including U.S.) are represented
8.6% of transplants go to veterans receiving care at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center
374 transplants occurred in Iowa in 2015-15
~600 people are waiting for an organ transplant in Iowa

Among 5,000 transplants were:
1.4% pancreas
2.7% lung
6.7% heart
7.3% multi-organ
15.5% liver
66.4% kidney