If your treatment involves a heart transplant, you can feel confident knowing that our program is one of the best. Our program is one of the longest running heart transplant programs in the world, with our surgeons having performed more than 800 heart transplants. Our program also is one of only a few in the United States to accept older heart donors and older, high-risk recipients, giving many more men and women a second chance at life.
If you come to us for a heart transplant, we will establish a multidisciplinary team to work with you. This team includes a coordinator, a cardiologist, a surgeon, a neuropsychologist, a social worker and a dietitian. We also have many additional services available to you, including housing, transportation and emotional support for you and your family. We also will support you with long-term follow-up and survivorship studies.
Most of our patients leave the hospital fewer than two weeks after their transplant. Our physicians are involved in many heart failure and ventricular assist device clinical trials, keeping our team on the forefront of new treatment options, and we are one of the few sites in the United States approved to train surgeons in transplant technologies. We perform 20 to 30 heart transplants annually, making our program among the top 10 to 15 percent in the United States.
Our pioneering research has dramatically improved survival rates and post-transplant quality of life. Our clinical trials give qualifying patients access to the latest therapies under review.