Heart Transplantation

Dr. Jeevanandam and patient Valluvan Jeevanandam, MD, chief of cardiac and thoracic surgery, has performed more than 1,000 heart transplants.

The acclaimed heart transplant program at the University of Chicago Medicine has some of the most experienced cardiologists and cardiac surgeons in the country. We have been offering heart transplants for almost 30 years and continue to advance our knowledge and expertise in transplantation to allow us to provide unparalleled care to our patients.

A Team Approach

A heart transplant is a complex procedure, so at the University of Chicago Medicine, we take a collaborative team approach to each patient's treatment -- from candidate evaluation through post-procedure care. Our multidisciplinary transplant group includes cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurses, cardiac rehabilitation specialists and social workers. Together, these specialists provide the highest level of care and support before, during and after transplantation.

Transplanting High-Risk Patients

We welcome complicated transplant cases. Many of our patients are considered high-risk, including those who require re-transplantation.

Video: Heart & Kidney Transplant: Kenneth's Story

After being turned down for transplant by six different hospitals, Kenneth Woodka looked to the University of Chicago Medicine for help. (three minutes, 7 seconds) Transcript (PDF)

In addition, we are one of the most experienced medical centers in the world offering multiple organ transplantation. Our cardiac surgeons collaborate with other University of Chicago Medicine transplant surgeons to perform heart-lung, heart-liver, heart-kidney-pancreas combinations.

Proven Success and Continued Excellence

The outlook for patients who have heart transplants here is excellent -- our results are among the best in the nation. We have a long history of providing superb transplant care, and we are continuing to build upon our success through surgical innovation and world-class medical care.