Medical Milestone: Cleveland Clinic Florida Performs 500th Organ Transplant

Cleveland Clinic Florida is the fastest growing transplant center in the state. This past summer, it reached a major medical milestone – completing its 500th organ transplant. The Weston hospital is Broward County’s largest provider of solid organ transplantation.

“Achieving this milestone in four short years is a testament to both the need for transplantation services in South Florida and the caliber of complex care available at Cleveland Clinic Florida,” said Wael Barsoum, MD, President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “Our team of nationally recognized transplant specialists has done outstanding work to provide the highest quality care and outcomes for patients in need of adult kidney, liver and heart transplantation.”

The United Network for Organ Sharing granted approval to Cleveland Clinic Florida to perform adult liver and kidney transplants in 2013 and adult heart transplants in 2014. Although a relatively new program, Cleveland Clinic Florida has already earned a top five-star rating from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients for providing the best organ transplant outcomes in kidney transplantation. It is the only transplant center in South Florida to achieve this rating for kidney transplants.

“I am proud of the kidney transplant team for achieving the five-star rating from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients and the entire transplant team for achieving this milestone together,” shared Cedric Sheffield, MD, Head of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Transplant Center. “I also want to express my gratitude to the donor families who make it possible for us to perform these life-transforming surgeries.”

Cleveland Clinic Florida’s 500th organ transplant surgery was a living donor kidney. The recipient was 21-year-old Jazmine Serrano of Port Saint Lucie and the kidney was donated by her older sister, Naraly. Jazmine learned she had been born with only one kidney in 2015 when she began experiencing extreme fatigue and rapid weight loss. After learning she was a positive match, Naraly said she wanted to give her sister the gift of life.

Nationwide, more than 117,000 people are waiting for an organ, and according to the U.S. Department of Health on average 20 people die each day while waiting for a transplant. The average length of time for a patient on the kidney transplant waiting list to receive a deceased donor kidney is five years.

To learn more about organ donation or to register to be an organ donor go to www.organdonor.gov.