The number of patients seeking treatment from the Duke Lung Transplant Program has risen steadily as our reputation for excellence grows. The following graphs illustrate our exceptional patient outcomes, wait times, and volumes.
Duke offers the shortest wait of all U.S. lung transplant centers -- 12 days, on average, in 2011. The following graph shows the median wait time for patients to receive a lung transplant after they have listed as a transplant recipient.
Despite a highly complex caseload, Duke is the national's only lung transplant program with better-than-expected survival rates.
Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients
Duke also offers the highest transplant rate of any U.S. organ-transplant program (14.42 percent versus 2.98 percent expected) -- achieved through our aggressive evaluation of potential lung donors -- greatly reducing the risk of patients dying while awaiting transplant.