Living Donation

Heart Transplant Surgery Program at UPMC

People in need of heart transplantation as a treatment for 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.

The Benefits of Heart Transplantation at UPMC

  • A complete processFrom evaluation to world-class diagnosis and treatment, we understand the needs of our heart transplant patients every step of the way.
  • Expert heart doctorsOur 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 and coronary artery disease, UPMC has one of the longest standing ventricular assist device therapy programs in the country.

Contact us today to request an appointment with UPMC's Heart Transplant Program. 

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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.