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Heart Transplant

Vanderbilt University Medical Center performs more heart transplants than any other program in the world, providing patients with outstanding outcomes and access to innovative new research and treatments. Our specialists also provide 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
Jordan Hoffman

Jordan HoffmanMD

    Aortic Aneurysms, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplantation, Cardiovascular Medicine, Heart Assist Devices, Heart Transplant, Heart Transplantation
William G. McMaster

William G. McMasterJr, MD

    Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplantation, Cardiac Valve Disease, Coronary Heart Disease, Heart Assist Devices, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Ashish S. Shah
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4.9

Ashish S. ShahMD

    Aortic Center, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Tumors, Cardiac Valve Disease, Heart Assist Devices, Heart Transplant, Heart Valve Center
John M. Trahanas

John M. TrahanasMD

    Aortic Aneurysms, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplantation, Cardiac Valve Disease, Coronary Heart Disease, Heart Transplant, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement/TAVR
Douglas M. Brinkley
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4.7

Douglas M. BrinkleyJr, MD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy & Inherited Disease, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Joann Lindenfeld

Joann LindenfeldMD

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

Jonathan N. MenachemMD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Henry H. Ooi

Henry H. OoiMD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, General Cardiology, Heart Transplant, Heart Transplantation
Dawn M. Pedrotty

Dawn M. PedrottyMD, PhD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Lynn R. Punnoose
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4.7

Lynn R. PunnooseMD

    Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Aniket S. Rali

Aniket S. RaliMD

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Heart Transplantation, Mechanical Circulatory Support
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, Mechanical Circulatory Support
Hasan K. Siddiqi

Hasan K. SiddiqiMD, MSCI

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Heart Transplantation, 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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4.7

Sandip K. ZalawadiyaMBBS

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

Dawn H. EckAPRN

    Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplantation, Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, Transplant
Donna Harmon
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4.8

Donna HarmonMSN

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, General Cardiology, Heart Transplant
Michelle Mason Parker
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4.9

Michelle Mason ParkerAPRN

    General Cardiology, Heart Transplant
Amber H. Pollack

Amber H. PollackNP

    Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplantation, Heart Transplant, Transplant
Sarah S. Smith

Sarah S. SmithAPN

    Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplantation, Heart Transplant, Transplant
Douglas C. West

Douglas C. WestCRNP, MSN

    Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Heart and Vascular, Mechanical Circulatory Support

Why Choose Heart Transplant at Vanderbilt

  • medical chart, clipboard, cross, Knowledge and experience
    Knowledge and experience

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center performs more heart transplants than any other program in the world. Our vast experience means expert care for you.

  • caduceus, Depth of expertise, excellent outcomes
    Excellent outcomes

    Results for Vanderbilt heart transplant patients regularly exceed national standards.

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    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.

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    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.

  • health, heart, badge, Veterans care, community support
    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.

  • medication, pills, tablets, pharmacy services
    Coordinated pharmacy services

    Our transplant pharmacists offer the highest level of care and expertise for transplant patients. Each transplant pharmacist works directly with doctors and staff to monitor patients' care plans.

  • health, circle, cross, Comprehensive care
    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.

  • diploma, award, ribbon, Recognized care, quality
    Recognized care

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

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

1215 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37232
901 Riverfront Parkway, Suite 208
Chattanooga, TN 37402
228 West Fourth Street, Suite 200
Cookeville, TN 38501
11440 Parkside Drive, Suite 205
Knoxville, TN 37924

More Information

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