Heart Transplant - Information for Referring Physicians

We value our relationships with our heart transplant patients’ primary care doctors and cardiologists because we recognize it takes a coordinated approach to provide optimal care, before and after surgery.

When we communicate and collaborate, the result is better care.

Who is a Candidate for Heart Transplantation?

  • Patients with end-stage congestive heart failure with NYHA Class IIIB-IV symptoms or intractable angina or refractory arrhythmias on optimal medical therapy, with life expectancy being less than 24 months.
  • Specific relative contraindications will be addressed on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration the patient's age and other factors.

Every patient is different and every case is unique. The selection criteria above is simply a guideline.

If you have questions about your patient's eligibility for the UPMC Heart Transplantation Program, members of our team are available for consults 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-544-2500.

Refer a Patient to the UPMC Heart Transplantation Program

If you believe your patient may be a candidate, it’s never too early to consult us. We can begin the intake process with very basic patient information. Review the heart transplant referral checklist to get started.

To refer your patient, or for more information about our program, contact us with all related patient information and medical records by:

  • Telephone: 412-648-6202, toll-free 844-548-4591
  • UPMC’s 24-hour physician referral service: 1-800-544-2500
  • Fax: 412-648-6369
  • Email: cttransplant@upmc.edu
  • Mail: UPMC Heart Transplantation Program
    Attn: Heart Transplant Coordinators
    UPMC Presbyterian, Suite C-900
    200 Lothrop St.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213

After receipt of medical records and financial clearance, we will schedule the initial evaluation for your patient.

Fast-Track Referrals

UPMC offers fast-track referrals, when necessary, to get patients the urgent help they need.

In many cases, we can schedule an evaluation appointment within 72 hours of insurance authorization. We also can facilitate the transfer of unstable acute heart failure patients from their current hospitals to UPMC.

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