Heart, Lung Transplant, Artificial Heart and Ventricular Assist Device Program

Heart, Lung Transplant , Artificial Heart and Ventricular Assist Device Program

Heart Transplant Program

The first successful heart transplant in Florida was performed at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in 1986. Since then, the center has maintained a steady volume of adult and pediatric heart transplants. Currently, the Heart Failure/Heart Transplant program at the medical center offers a full spectrum of care for patients with heart failure. The program provides state-of-the-art treatments that include both conventional and newer medications, surgical remodeling of the heart, mechanical assist devices, and heart transplantation. The mission of a multidisciplinary team of specialists at the center is to provide the best care for patients with heart failure and heart transplant. The program is noted for its innovations and excellent results. The heart transplant program was selected to be a center of excellence by Optum Health.

Please contact 305-355-5155 for referrals or more information.

Lung Transplant Program

The first lung transplant in Florida was performed at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1995, and the first combined heart-lung transplant in South Florida was performed at Jackson Memorial Hospital in 2000. Currently the program offers a full spectrum of the state-of-the- art care for patients with lung failure. Single lung, double lung, and combined heart-lung transplantation are now available at Jackson Memorial Hospital. In addition, support with heart-lung machine (ECMO) is available for patients with acute lung failure.

Please contact 305-355-5155 for referrals or more information.

Ventricular Assist Device and Artificial Heart Program

People with heart failure who have exhausted other medical and surgical treatments can be considered for ventricular assist device surgery. Ventricular assist devices (VAD) are machines that support the failing heart. VAD’s can be implanted in patients who are waiting for heart transplant as a bridge to heart transplantation until a donor heart becomes available, or as definitive destination therapy.

For people who cannot receive heart transplantation because other medical conditions, VAD’s can be used as a destination therapy (instead of heart transplant). The first ventricular assist device in South Florida was implanted at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1996. Currently our center provides a spectrum of state-of-the art assist devices that can support a failing heart from hours to years. People who received ventricular assist device can live an active life.

Please contact 305-355-5141 for referrals or more information.