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
FAQ: Heart Transplant
There are a number of things you can do to keep your heart healthy and reduce your risk of heart disease such as eating right and staying active. Learn more.
MDCardiac and transplant surgeon
Teresa De Marco
Teng C. Lee
MD, FACSCardiac surgeon
Katie Watkins Dewey
NP, MSNTransplant nurse coordinator
Randomized Clinical Evaluation of the AccuCinch® Ventricular Restoration System in Patients Who...
MAE defined as: All-cause death, Myocardial infarction, Stroke, Need for non-elective cardiovascular surgery, Worsening of heart-failure requiring mechanical circulatory support for more than 24 hours
Surveillance HeartCare® Outcomes Registry
remedē System Therapy Study
Percentage of patients with related serious adverse events.
Pulmonary Hypertension Association Registry
PAH guideline-recommended diagnostics assessed include chest radiography, echocardiogram, ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) scan, pulmonary function tests, overnight oximetry, and right heart catheterization and identified as either "co...
Reducing Right Ventricular Failure in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (RELIEVE-PAH)
Percentage of Treatment group patients experiencing any device-related Major Adverse Cardiovascular or Neurological Events (MACNE) during the first 90-days after implantation
Tailored Drug Titration Using Artificial Intelligence
optima4BP leads ≥4mmHg of SBP reduction compared to Standard of Care
Right Ventricular Pacing in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
This is an invasive measure of the contractile strength of the right ventricle that is measured using pressure volume measurements from within the ventricle itself.
Remote Dielectric Sensing (ReDS) Assisted Diuresis in Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
Cumulative net fluid balance assessed by In's and Out's recorded in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) during hospitalization
Case Management and Social Work
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Koz Hospitality House
Located near our Parnassus campus, Koz Hospitality House provides comfortable, reasonably priced accommodations for UCSF patients during their treatment.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
This eight-week UCSF class teaches mindfulness practices, such as meditation and body awareness, that can reduce stress and improve your overall health.
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Spiritual Care Services
Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.
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
If you live in another country and are coming to UCSF for medical
treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.
UCSF offers language services at no charge for patients with limited
English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.
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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.