Penn Heart and Vascular

Overview of the Heart Transplantation Program

Patient Outcomes Among the Best in the Nation

When patients with irreversible heart disease can no longer be managed with any other type of medical or surgical method, heart transplantation at Penn Medicine offers them a second chance at life.

While heart transplantation is a very "high tech" specialty, it's also "high touch." Penn creates a supportive environment for patients. They can count on the Penn transplant team to guide them through the entire process – from decision-making through lifelong follow-up care – with sensitivity and compassion.

A Heart Transplant Team that Inspires Confidence

The Penn Medicine heart transplant team is comprised of some of the world's finest:

  • Transplant surgeons
  • Cardiologists
  • Cardiovascular imaging specialists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Immunologists
  • Rehabilitation medicine specialists

The team has earned national and international recognition for expertise in:

  • Pre-transplant patient stabilization.
  • Advanced bridge-to-transplant mechanical-assist implantation (supports patients with end-stage heart failure until they can have a heart transplant), including temporary total artificial heart (TAH-t).
  • Transplant surgery.
  • Permanent Ventricular-Assist Devices (VADs) for patients unable to receive heart transplants.
  • Treatment of high-risk patients, including older patients and those undergoing complex re-transplant surgery.
  • Post-transplant patient care.

An Integrated Program that Provides Easy Access to Multiple Resources

Penn's Heart Transplantation Program is closely integrated with the comprehensive Heart Failure Program and Mechanical-Assist Device Program.

This integration provides a seamless continuum of care from early prevention strategies to end-stage options. Plus, the full range of resources at Penn Medicine are available to address any other health problem transplant patients may encounter.

2012 Penn Heart Failure Clinical Activity Report

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