UPMC Artificial Heart Program
Artificial Hearts and Ventricular Devices (VADs)
In 1985, UPMC surgeons implanted the nation's second Jarvik Artificial Heart as a bridge-to-transplantation. In 1990, UPMC became the first medical center to discharge a patient on a ventricular assist device (VAD).
Today, we continue to pioneer the use of mechanical circulatory support devices, treating more than 1,000 people, and making our Artificial Heart program one of the most active program of its kind.