Heart Transplant Program
Approximately 2,200 heart transplants are done in the United States each year on patients who today range from newborns and children to the elderly. The success of heart transplantation has paved the way for multiple organ transplants such as heart-lung, heart-kidney and heart-liver transplants.
The Cedars-Sinai Heart Transplant Program, established in 1988, provides comprehensive treatment and surgical care tailored to each patient's needs. To date, Cedars-Sinai has performed over 594 heart transplants, making it among the largest programs in the nation. With a 89% one-year survival rate for heart transplant patients, Cedars-Sinai exceeds the projected survival rate determined by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS).
For the second year in a row, the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and Comprehensive Transplant Center ranked as the leader among all U.S. medical centers in performing adult heart and heart-lung transplants. The official statistics were compiled by the United Network for Organ Sharing, the nonprofit organization that manages the nation's transplant system. Cedars-Sinai surgeons performed heart transplants on 87 patients and heart-lung transplants on two patients in 2011.
Following transplantation, our expert team provides detailed follow-up care that includes individualized immunusupppression therapy and monitoring for rejection of the transplanted heart.
Looking to the future, physician-scientists at Cedars-Sinai are working to develop non-invasive methods to detect rejection, more effective immunosuppression drugs with fewer side effects to fight organ rejection, improved artificial hearts and mechanical assist devices to sustain critically ill patients until transplantation and the use of stem cell therapy to repair damaged heart muscle.
- If you would like to refer yourself or a patient for transplant evaluation, please contact the Heart Failure Program at (310) 423-2077
- Following transplant, any medical problems, questions, outpatient appointments, biopsy results, medication changes or any. post-transplant issues will be handled by the transplant nurse coordinators. They can be reached at (310) 423-5460
- If personnel are unavailable, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Messages are checked frequently during the day
- If you have medical difficulties at night or on the weekend, calls to the heart transplant office are handled by an operator, who will help to connect you to the transplant coordinator or transplant cardiologist on call. If you have an urgent medical problem, you should go to your local emergency room immediately
In the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals issue, Cedars-Sinai once again ranked among America's best in Cardiology and Heart Surgery.