300th Cardiothoracic TransplantLifelines Newsletter

Heart Transplant Program

People in need of heart transplantation due to end-stage heart failure or severe coronary artery disease are in expert hands at UPMC.

Our heart transplant team reviews every case to understand the complexities of each person’s heart disease and how we can best help.

Why Choose UPMC for Heart Transplantation?

  • A complete process: From evaluation to world-class diagnosis and treatment, we understand the needs of our heart transplant patients every step of the way.
  • Expert heart doctors: Our transplant cardiologists and surgeons take on some of the most complex cases, and have performed more than 1,300 adult heart transplants.
  • Our outcomes: Our program is one of a small few with donor heart recipients at or beyond 30 years post-transplant.
  • Pioneering heart research: Our experts' groundbreaking work has led to new strategies, allowing more patients than ever before to benefit from heart transplant surgery.

In addition to being leaders in the medical and surgical treatment of heart failure, UPMC has one of the longest standing ventricular assist device therapy programs in the country.

In the News

  • A team of UPMC cardiothoracic surgeons became the first in Pennsylvania to implant a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), using a minimally invasive surgical approach.
    Read more about the procedure in the Herald-Standard.
  • UPMC became only the second transplant program in the world to perform 3,000 heart and lung transplants. Read the WPXI story.
  • This past Valentine's Day, Bobby Benner celebrated 10 years since receiving a heart transplant at UPMC. Read the Herald Star story.

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