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1,000th heart transplant celebration with 189 heart transplant recipients (Guinness Book of World Records for most heart transplant patients in one location)

Photo: On September 7, 2014 faculty and staff of the Duke Heart Transplant Program gathered to celebrate the 1000th heart transplant—a milestone very few centers in the world have marked. The event drew 189 transplant recipients, setting a new record in the Guinness Book of World Records for most heart transplant patients in one location.

Excellence in Patient Care

Our team treats diseases within the chest and includes the treatment of heart disease, lung disease, aneurysms of the great vessels, and disorders of the esophagus. We have a large team of devoted faculty, nursing, and ancillary staff who are committed to excellence.

We provide clinical excellence in our practice, from coronary bypass grafting or heart valve repair, to correction of heart abnormalities in newborns. Duke is ranked 15th in the United States in cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News and World Report.

In addition, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of lung and esophageal cancer and the most advanced options for treatment through our leadership role in the development of new therapies.

Every possible surgical option that is available nationwide is available at Duke and with Duke quality. Every option is carefully evaluated and continuously scrutinized, and our results for patients are second to none.

Highlights 

  • Duke has one of the nation's highest volumes and best outcomes for cardiac transplantation.
  • Duke is in the nation’s top one percent in thoracic aortic surgical outcomes.
  • The Duke Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program is among the nation's most successful and highest-volume programs of its kind.
  • Duke is home to North Carolina's largest pediatric heart-transplant program, which offers outstanding outcomes, coordinated care, family support, and long-term follow-up.
  • Duke is a U.S. leader in arterial grafting, a complex procedure that extends the life of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.
  • With an overall mortality rate of less than 2 percent, Duke's Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Surgery Program continues to produce outcomes that meet or exceed the Society of Thoracic Surgeons benchmarks, even in patients with the most complex malformations.

Clinical Services

Services at Duke that include faculty from the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery include: