Heart Transplant Program
The UCSF Heart Transplant Program has performed more than 400 transplants since its first transplant in March 1989.
Heart failure affects nearly 5 million Americans and causes or contributes to as many as a quarter of a million deaths each year. It's a progressive condition in which the heart muscle weakens and gradually loses its ability to pump enough blood to supply the body.
More people are surviving heart attacks but are then left with weakened hearts, so heart failure is the only major cardiovascular disorder on the rise. Between 400,000 and 700,000 new cases are reported every year.
Heart transplants are the most advanced treatment for end-stage heart disease, which is the final phase of heart disease when no other effective treatment remains.
Doctor referral required
MDCardiac and transplant surgeon
Teresa De Marco
Teng C. Lee
MD, FACSCardiac surgeon
Katie Watkins Dewey
NP, MSNTransplant nurse coordinator
Plan your visit
What to Bring
- If possible, please send in advance CT scans, chest X-rays, all test results and all other images for review. To ensure a comprehensive first visit, please bring copies of these medical records to your appointment as well.
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes
Our research initiatives
UCSF Division of Cardiology Research
Researchers at the UCSF Division of Cardiology investigate all aspects of heart disorders, from how disease develops to who is most at risk, with an emphasis on translating key findings into more effective care.