Explore UPMC.com
Living Donation

In the News

Local firefighter recovering from his second heart transplant goes to a concert with his surgeon, Dr. Christopher Sciortino.

Read the story from WPXI News


​Our Heart Transplant Experts

UPMC's multidisciplinary heart transplant team offers a comprehensive continuum of care, from initial diagnosis through post-operative recovery and rehabilitation.

Heart Transplant Program Cardiologists

Dr. Jeffrey Teuteberg

Jeffrey Teuteberg, MD
Director, Advanced Heart Failure Program
Medical Directo​​r, Heart Transplantatio​n

Gavin Hickey Gavin Hickey, MD
Cardiologist, Advanced Heart Failure​
Jonathan Holtz Jonathan Holtz, MD
Cardiologist, Advanced Heart Failure
Dr. Michael Mathier

Michael Mathier, MD
Director, Section of Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr. Dennis McNamara

Dennis M. McNamara, MD
Director, Heart Failure Research Center

Brittany Palmer Brittany Palmer, MD
Cardiologist, Advanced Heart Failure
Dr. Ravi Ramani

Ravi Ramani, MD
Director, UPMC Integrated Heart Failure Program

Dr. Marc Simon

Marc Simon, MD
Director, Heart Failure Research

Cardiothoracic Transplantation Program Surgeons

The following surgeons are members of the Cardiothoracic Transplantation Division of UPMC's Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery:

Dr. Robert Kormos

Robert Kormos, MD
Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Luigi Lagazzi Luigi Lagazzi, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Christopher Sciortino Christopher Sciortino, MD, PhD
Surgical Director, Advanced Heart Failure Center​

​Cardiac Transplantation Program Pharmacist

​​Michael A. Shullo Michael A. Shullo, Pharm.D
Associate Director, Cardiac Transplantation
Director of Pharmacotherapy, Artificial Heart Program

Heart Transplant Team

As members of a pioneering heart transplantation program, UPMC's transplant cardiologists and surgeons are dedicated to delivering the best in comprehensive treatment. Our multidisciplinary team is known for its ability to consider each person's case in the context of its own challenges and opportunities.

Together, we strive to provide expert heart care that results in improved outcomes, no matter how complex the case.

Transplant Cardiologists

Not every cardiologist is a transplant cardiologist.

Transplant cardiologists:

  • Manage your medical treatment and provide support throughout the entire heart transplant process.
  • Participate in selecting any necessary heart-assist devices.
  • Stabilize you before heart transplant surgery.

If you're already under a cardiologist's care, he or she can work with your transplant cardiologist to ensure the best approach to treatment.

Transplant Surgeons

Our transplant surgeons:

  • Evaluate you to determine whether you're eligible for heart-assist devices and heart transplantation.
  • Perform the donor and transplant operations and manage any surgical decisions.
  • Work closely with transplant cardiologists to ensure seamless, comprehensive care.

Other Members of the Heart Transplant Team

In addition to transplant cardiologists and transplant surgeons, other health care professionals on your heart transplant team include:

  • Transplant coordinators
  • Specialized nurses
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Dieticians
  • Psychiatrists
  • Social workers
  • Pharmacists

UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | Supplemental content provided by Healthwise, Incorporated. To learn more, visit www.healthwise.org

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on UPMC.com is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, UPMC.com is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA | UPMC.com