Living Donation

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 and has done more than 1,400 adult heart transplants

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

Your Heart Transplant Journey at UPMC

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

Find out more about the heart transplant journey at UPMC, such as:

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 request an appointment or learn more.


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In the News

NIH grant for Pitt/UPMC is aimed at improving viability of organs for transplant.

Read the story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Aaron Card

Aaron Card

Aaron was born with a heart defect and had his first heart transplant at 12 years old. Years later, he developed coronary artery disease and needed a second 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.