- By Paul Scotti
Florida Completes 3000 Liver Transplants
The liver transplant team at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, recently completed the 3,000th transplant since the liver program started in 1998. Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus is only the seventh transplant center in the country to complete 3,000 adult liver transplants.
Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus has one of the largest liver transplant programs in the country. The combined volume of the liver transplant program at Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota makes it the largest overall program in the country. To date, 6,681 liver transplants have been completed at Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. The Florida campus leads the way with the most liver transplants.
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“Our team is pleased to be a leading liver transplant center in the country and is proud of reaching this current milestone,” says Dr. C.Burcin Taner, chair of the Transplant program on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. “The effort of our team is not only reflected in the volume, but also in the quality of the care we provide.” One of the hallmarks of the Florida program is above-average three-year survival rates for liver transplant patients.
“Florida’s observed three-year survival rate is statistically better than expected and when compared to the national average,” says Dr. Taner. Nationally, about 82 percent of patients achieve three-year survival. Florida boasts a three-year patient survival of almost 90 percent.
“As we look to the future, for us to continue our work and save lives, we need everyone to consider being an organ donor and give the gift of life to someone in need,” Dr. Taner says. In the U.S., there are almost 15,000 patients on the waiting list for a new liver.
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