Vital Stats in Thoracic Surgery, Lung Transplant and Congenital Heart Surgery (Infographic)

Catch our latest volume and outcomes data

Below we share recent volumes and clinical outcomes from a sampling of centers in Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute.

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2021 Data Highlights

1,916 Number of general thoracic operations
1.2% Mortality for general thoracic operations, vs. 2.3% expected
1.6% 3-day mortality after esophagectomy for cancer (N = 197), vs. 4.0% Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) predicted mortality

Use of Minimally Invasive Procedures in 2021

284 Number of robotically assisted thoracic surgery procedures
95% Proportion of all lobectomies for stage I lung cancer (N = 124) that used video- or robot-assisted thoracoscopic surgery
79% Proportion of thymectomies or thymic mass resections completed robotically (N = 43)

STS Quality Ratings

The following stats are from the STS General Thoracic Surgery Database (3-year period ending December 2021):

Of 183 participants in this STS category, Cleveland Clinic was one of 27 that achieved a 3-star rating.
Of 192 participants in this STS category, Cleveland Clinic was one of 28 that achieved a 3-star rating.
Of 99 participants in this STS category, Cleveland Clinic was one of 15 that achieved a 3-star rating.


2021 Data Highlights

96 Number of lung transplants performed
30 Number of lung transplants after ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP)
96.7% 30-day survival rate following EVLP lung transplant
4 Number of multiorgan lung transplant cases (3 lung/liver, 1 heart/lung)


Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute has a long-established tradition of reporting volume and outcomes data across its various subspecialty areas. For more information like the data reported above, visit and