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The acclaimed heart transplant program at the University of Chicago Medicine has some of the most experienced cardiologists and cardiac surgeons in the country. We have been performing heart transplants for more than 30 years and continue to advance our knowledge and expertise in transplantation to allow us to provide unparalleled care to our patients.
A heart transplant is a complex procedure, so at UChicago Medicine, we take a collaborative team approach to each patient's treatment — from candidate evaluation through post-procedure care. Our multidisciplinary transplant team includes cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurses, cardiac rehabilitation specialists and social workers. Together, these specialists provide the highest level of care and support before, during and after transplantation.
We welcome complicated transplant cases, and many of our patients are considered high-risk, including those who require re-transplantation.
In addition, we are one of the most experienced medical centers in the world offering multiple organ transplantation. Our cardiac surgeons collaborate with other UChicago Medicine transplant surgeons to perform heart-lung, heart-liver, heart-kidney-pancreas combinations.
The outlook for patients who have heart transplants here is excellent — our results are among the best in the nation. We have a long history of providing superb transplant care, and we are continuing to build upon our success through surgical innovation and world-class medical care.
In March 2016, a donor heart became available for Kay Fricke, and the transplant surgery and her recovery went smoothly. “Kay’s new heart has allowed her to do things she had never done before,” Uriel said. “Seeing her go from very ill to embracing life is, for me, the biggest joy.”Read about Kay's heart transplant journey
Dozens of UChicago Medicine doctors and nurses, along with members of Joe Willis’ family, crowded into a standing-room-only conference room to mark the special event.Find out about Joe's unique celebration
When Ted Bayard's grandchildren call him "Superman," it's no understatement. In fact, even the Man of Steel may have found it difficult to overcome Bayard's many health challenges until his heart transplant at UChicago Medicine.Read more about Ted's recovery.