Heart Transplant and Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Guide

We offer leading-edge solutions and exceptional outcomes to patients with advanced heart failure.

UT Southwestern Medical Center Heart Transplant Program
Meet our heart transplant team, see our new state-of-the-art facility, and learn how our world-renowned surgeons and specialists provide comprehensive care for patients with advanced heart failure requiring transplantation.

If you suffer from advanced heart failure, your heart is losing its ability to pump blood. You may experience excessive fatigue, shortness of breath, fluid retention, poor sleep, heart palpitations, nausea, and other symptoms. You might not have enough energy to do much of anything.

Using the most sophisticated technologies and techniques, UT Southwestern’s heart transplant and left ventricular assist device (LVAD) experts are ready to help heart failure patients who have run out of other treatment options.

About Our Program

Ranked consistently as one of the nation’s top programs of its kind, UT Southwestern’s Heart Transplant Program has performed more than 600 heart transplants since 1988.

UTSW heart and VAD transplant volumes

As a leading transplant center in North Texas, we have the experience and expertise that lead to excellent patient outcomes. Both our one- and three-year survival rates surpass national averages for heart transplantation.

Our team’s specialized skills and training enable us to treat even the most complex cases of heart failure, including patients with other serious medical conditions and those in need of heart-lung and heart-kidney transplantation. UT Southwestern accepts many patients who have been turned away by other centers.

Research is critical to our programs. As an academic medical center, we participate in clinical trials and are involved in research that’s intended to make a difference in patient care.

Support Services

Because we deliver comprehensive, patient-focused transplant medical care, UT Southwestern’s multidisciplinary Heart Transplant team includes cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac nurses, transplant coordinators, and cardiac imaging specialists, as well as infectious diseases specialists, social workers, home health care providers, nutritionists, pharmacists, transplant and LVAD coordinators, and financial coordinators.

This team of specialists works together to provide ongoing medical management and facilitate the process for patients and families every step of the way – from support for patients awaiting heart transplantation or LVAD placement to comprehensive outpatient treatment of transplant recipients, including infection prevention, immunosuppression management, and long-term monitoring and care.

Additional support services include patient education, stress management, closely supervised cardiovascular rehabilitation, and support resources. All are designed to help patients stay out of the hospital, improve their well-being, and extend their lives.

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with one of our top-rated heart transplant/LVAD specialists or to learn more about what UT Southwestern offers to patients with heart failure, call 214-645-5505.

Physician Referrals

Dedicated Intake Coordinators make it easy and convenient for physicians to refer transplant patients to UT Southwestern. To schedule a referral with a heart transplant/LVAD specialist, call Transplant Intake Coordinator Allison Moore, RN, B.S.N. at 877-391-1528 (answered 24 hours/7 days a week).

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Cardiothoracic Surgeons