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Heart Transplant Program at UPMC

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

Our heart transplant team takes on some of the most complex, high-risk cases.

We look at each case we receive. We study the complexities of each person's heart disease and decide how we can best help.

How Many Heart Transplants Have Been Done?

Our team of experts has performed more than 1,700 adult heart transplants.

What Is a Heart Transplant?

A heart transplant is a surgery to remove a diseased heart from a patient and replace it with a healthy one from an organ donor. Heart transplants can lengthen your lifespan and improve your overall quality of life.

Which Patients Are Eligible for a Heart Transplant?

You may be a heart transplant candidate if you suffer from a severe heart disease such as:

The Heart Transplant Process at UPMC

Learning you or a loved one may need a heart transplant can be daunting. We want to help ease your fears and answer the many questions you likely have.

Learn more about the heart transplant journey.



Heart Transplant Outcomes

Our heart transplant program is one of few that has heart recipients living 30 years or more after transplant. Nationally, 85 to 90% of heart transplant recipients survive one year after the transplant. The average three-year survival rate is around 85%, with that number being 91% at UPMC.

Why Choose UPMC for a Heart Transplant?

  • Complete care through your transplant journey. From your first heart transplant consult through world-class treatment and post-transplant care, we're here for you every step of the way.
  • Our transplant results. Our program is one of a small few with donor heart recipients living 30 or more years after transplant.
  • Pioneering heart research. Our experts' work has led to new heart transplant breakthroughs, helping more people than ever before.
  • Our ventricular assist device (VAD) program. We have vast experience with VAD therapy. VADs help the heart pump blood throughout the body while a person waits for a donor heart.

Contact the UPMC Heart Transplant Program

To contact the UPMC Heart Transplant Program, please call 412-648-6202 or toll-free at 844-548-4591. You can also fill out the UPMC Heart Transplant Program contact form to make an appointment or refer a patient.


Bob Lancia: VAD and Heart Transplant

Bob Lancia

Years of cardiovascular disease left Bob Lancia fearing he had run out of options. However, through the dedication of the Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant teams, Bob received a ventricular assist device (VAD) and, eventually, a second chance at life through heart transplant.

» Read his story.

Stacey Vernallis

Stacey Vernallis

Stacey unexpectedly learned she had cardiomyopathy and was in congestive heart failure. To support her heart until transplant, she received a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).

» Read her story.