Cardiothoracic Surgery

Heart Transplant Surgery and Ventricular Assist Devices

A heart transplant is a major but common operation. The procedure consists of replacing a patient's failing heart with a fully functional heart from a deceased donor. The procedure is usually a last resort; it is performed only after all medical options (including medication and lifestyle changes) have been exhausted in an effort to maximize the patient's own heart function. In those cases, a heart transplant may well be the best option; sometimes, it is the only way to save the patient's life. A transplant may not be the right answer for every patient, but our team provides a comprehensive evaluation that empowers patients with all of the options so they and their physician can determine the best option for their case.


What Sets Us Apart

  • We have been performing heart transplants since 1977 and have given the gift of a new heart to more than 900 patients.
  • We are experienced in multiple procedures, from heart transplants, combined heart-lung transplants, and the implantation of mechanical circulatory support devices for patients with rapidly progressing heart failure.
  • Our 1-year patient survival rates post-transplant exceeds the national average.
  • We take a multidisciplinary approach that includes a team of heart failure cardiologists, transplant and mechanical circulatory support cardiac surgeons, dedicated transplant coordinators, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nutritionists, neuropsychologists, social workers, and support staff.

Make an Appointment

  • If you are a physician who is interested in referring a patient, please contact the physician resource line at (800) 777-7552; (520) 694-5868; (520) 694-2229 Fax.
  • For patients wishing to inquire about heart or lung transplant at Banner University Medical Center - Tucson, please call (520) 694-5200, (520) 694-2692 Fax.