Tampa General Hospital Reaches Major Milestone with 13000th Organ TransplantPublished: Aug 23, 2023
The TGH Transplant Institute remains one of the top transplant centers in Florida, delivering world-class patient care before, during and after transplantation.
Tampa, FL (Aug. 23, 2023) – Tampa General Hospital (TGH) today announced the completion of its 13,000th organ transplant at the TGH Transplant Institute. As a national leader in advanced organ disease treatment and transplant surgery, Tampa General is one of only a few dozen hospitals in the U.S. to reach this milestone, marking a significant achievement in Tampa General’s focus on driving innovation to provide world-class care to the community.
In 2022, the performed 682 transplants, a 20% increase in the number of procedures over 2021 and ranking sixth in the nation by volume. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the national rate of transplants grew by 3.7% in 2022 over 2021.
“For nearly five decades, Tampa General has remained at the forefront of advanced organ disease treatment and transplant surgery, becoming one of the top transplant centers in Florida, and among the busiest in the entire nation,” said Dr. Kiran Dhanireddy, vice president, chief of the TGH Transplant Institute and associate professor in the Department of Surgery in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. “Our most recent milestone is a direct result of the dedicated team of experts at the TGH Transplant Institute as well as the generous donors and families who make these transplant procedures possible.”
The TGH Transplant Institute is always pursuing innovations in transplant care. Tampa General has implemented new organ perfusion technology that increases the usage of marginal donor organs and allows for farther travel to bring organs to patients. The TGH Organ Perfusion Center opened in October 2022 and expands access to transplantation for the sickest members of the community. The technology allows transplantation teams at TGH to optimize organ function and preservation prior to the transplant procedure.
The TGH Transplant Institute performed its first transplant in 1974, and in 1985 became the first hospital in Florida to successfully perform a life-saving heart transplant. For more information on the TGH Transplant Institute, visit TGH.org/Transplant.