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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 1,400 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.

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Heart Transplant Patient Story - heart muscle disease

Laura: Heart Transplant Story

Laura Baker lived with heart muscle disease for 20 years. When her health took a dramatic turn for the worse in 2014, she learned she needed a heart transplant.


Heart Transplant Patient Story article - Multiple Heart Attacks and Heart Failure

Jeff: Heart Transplant Story

Jeff Carpenter was on the heart transplant list when his fifth heart attack sent him int​o cardiac arrest and he was flown by paramedics to UPMC Presbyterian. 

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