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Heart Transplant

At the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, our team of surgeons, doctors and nurses has performed more than 800 successful heart transplants, giving us a depth of experience and expertise in treating patients with advanced heart failure.

If you have a heart condition that requires advanced heart failure management, you may have a lot of questions. We are here to help you understand your treatment options and ensure that you receive comprehensive, personalized care.

Heart Transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital: Why Choose Us?

Our heart doctors (cardiologists) and surgeons collaborate to offer a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.

When you come to our Transplant Center, you will find:

  • Experienced team: We have performed heart transplants since 1985, with several transplants performed every month, on average. That volume means we have great expertise in providing treatment and follow-up care. Meet the heart transplant team.
  • Personalized care: We have developed a system of care from evaluation through follow-up that is tailored to meet your individual health needs. We are here to provide comprehensive care for you for the rest of your life. Read more about the heart transplant process.
  • Research and innovation: Our affiliation with Washington University School of Medicine means that our patients have access to the latest heart transplant research and clinical trials. This helps us offer you leading-edge treatment options such as artificial heart devices.
  • Multi-organ transplantation: Our transplant specialists are able to treat patients who need multi-organ transplantation such as heart-lung, heart-liver and heart-kidney. Learn more about the transplants we offer at the Transplant Center.

Heart Transplant Program

We successfully care for patients with even the most complex heart conditions, offering treatments such as heart pumps and heart transplant to restore proper heart function.

Expert Care for Heart Failure

Our heart specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating heart disease, specifically advanced heart failure. At the Transplant Center, our heart surgeons work closely with cardiologists and doctors from many other specialties to provide the most advanced and personalized care possible.

Care at our center features:

  • Collaboration: Our cardiac surgeons work closely with our cardiologists to treat advanced heart failure. We develop an individualized treatment plan to meet your needs, always making sure you understand your treatment options before a decision is made. Learn more about conditions leading to heart transplant.
  • Full range of treatment options: We offer effective treatment options such as artificial heart devices including left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) and the total artificial heart. These support devices may be used as a temporary measure before a transplant or as a treatment for patients who are not eligible for a transplant. Find out more about artificial heart devices.
  • Comprehensive follow-up care: We provide expert follow-up care for transplant patients. We’re always here to answer your questions, consult with your primary care physician or offer you the additional support you need. Learn more about our heart transplant process.
  • Fully equipped facilities: Patients with life-threatening heart conditions such as cardiogenic shock (often caused by heart attack) receive 24/7 care in our cardiology and cardiac surgery intensive care units. Here, we use advanced treatments such as ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) therapy to help provide blood and oxygen to the body.

Meet Our Patients

Meet our inspiring heart transplant recipients. Their stories are a reflection of our team's dedication to taking exceptional care of people.

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Nationally Ranked

Our heart transplant program is part of the nationally ranked cardiology & heart surgery program by U.S. News & World Report.

2023 Best Hospitals - Heart and Vascular Surgery