Heart Transplant

Vanderbilt University Medical Center performs more heart transplants than any other program in the Southeast, and our patient outcomes are among the best in the nation. Our specialists also provide lifesaving heart-kidney, heart-liver and heart-lung transplants for patients with multiple organ failure.

Conditions We Treat

Meet Your Care Team

Keki Balsara

Keki BalsaraMD, MBA

    Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplantation, Carotid Disease, Coronary Heart Disease, Heart Assist Devices, Surgery for Cardiac Infections
Nhue L. Do

Nhue L. DoMD

    Cardiac/Heart Transplantation, Congenital Heart Diseases, ECMO and Critical Care, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Surgery
Jordan Hoffman

Jordan HoffmanMD

    Aortic Aneurysms, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplantation, Cardiovascular Medicine, Heart Assist Devices, Heart Transplant, Heart Transplantation
Ashish S. Shah
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4.8

Ashish S. ShahMD

    Aortic Center, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Tumors, Cardiac Valve Disease, Heart Assist Devices, Heart Transplant, Heart Valve Center
Douglas M. Brinkley
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4.7

Douglas M. BrinkleyJr, MD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Joann Lindenfeld
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4.9

Joann LindenfeldMD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation, Heart and Vascular, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Jonathan N. Menachem
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4.7

Jonathan N. MenachemMD

    Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation, Heart and Vascular, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Henry H. Ooi

Henry H. OoiMD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, General Cardiology, Heart Transplant, Heart Transplantation
Lynn R. Punnoose
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4.8

Lynn R. PunnooseMD

    Congestive Heart Failure, Heart and Vascular
Suzanne B. Sacks
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4.8

Suzanne B. SacksMD, MS

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Kelly H. Schlendorf
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4.7

Kelly H. SchlendorfMD, MHS

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Heart Transplantation, Heart and Vascular, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Lynne W. Stevenson

Lynne W. StevensonMD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation, Heart and Vascular, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy & Inherited Disease, Inherited Cardiovascular Disease-Genetics, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Mark A. Wigger
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4.9

Mark A. WiggerMD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Heart Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Sandip K. Zalawadiya
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4.8

Sandip K. ZalawadiyaMBBS

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation, Heart and Vascular, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Dawn H. Eck

Dawn H. EckAPRN

    Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplantation, Heart Transplant, Transplant
Amber H. Pollack

Amber H. PollackNP

    Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplantation, Heart Transplant, Transplant

Why Choose Heart Transplant at Vanderbilt

  • Knowledge and experience

    In 2019, Vanderbilt tied for the most heart transplants performed anywhere in the United States. Our vast experience means expert care for you.

  • Excellent outcomes

    Results for Vanderbilt heart transplant patients regularly exceed national standards.

  • Advanced treatment

    We offer mechanical support options while you wait for a heart transplantor sometimes instead of a transplant. For example, a ventricular assist device (VAD) allows you to live normally at home. As one of the first hospitals in the Southeast to offer VADs, we’ve implanted more than 500, including implanting the first total artificial heart in 2018. We were also among the first to provide extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for patients with severe conditions.

  • Innovation

    Our heart transplant teams helped pioneer the transplant of hearts from donors with hepatitis C. This greatly increases the number of healthy donor hearts available for waiting recipients. Our teams also were among the first to use ex vivo perfusion, keeping a heart beating while in transit from donor to recipient. This helps ensure the donor heart you receive is the healthiest it can be.

  • Veterans care

    We are one of only five transplant programs designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide heart transplants to our nation’s veterans.

  • Comprehensive care

    Now that more people with congenital heart disease are living well into adulthood, Vanderbilt provides them with special care through our Advanced Congenital Cardiac Therapies group. This team is a unique collaboration of adult congenital heart disease, heart failure, heart surgery and heart transplant specialists. They understand the complexity of heart transplants for people with congenital heart disease and can guide you through the process.

  • Recognized care

    Vanderbilt is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by leading authorities on healthcare quality. People from throughout the Southeast and across the country rely on us for the best and most innovative care possible. 

  • Team approach

    We work together to ensure that you receive the comprehensive care you need. Our team members collaborate with each other, as well as with experts in other medical disciplines, to provide you with individual care that addresses your unique needs.

  • Clinical trials

    As part of an academic medical center, we offer access to some of the most promising new approaches being tested in clinical trials. Find a clinical trial

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

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    Treatment of advanced heart failure
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    Heart transplant
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    Ventricular assist devices (VADs)
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    Dual-organ transplant

Locations (4)

228 West Fourth Street, Suite 200
Cookeville, TN 38501
11440 Parkside Drive, Suite 205
Knoxville, TN 37924
1215 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232

Related Stories

Novel program gives congenital heart disease patients new options

Experts at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute are forging new ground

More congenital heart patients becoming transplant candidates

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is the only location in Tennessee such transplants are possible

First artificial heart patient gets permanent replacement

The mechanical heart kept him alive until a matching human donor heart became available

Support Resources

Heart Transplant Patient & Caregiver Support Group
First Tuesday of every month
2-3 p.m.
Village at Vanderbilt
1500 21st Ave. S, Suite 3100
Nashville, TN 37232