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.

In terms of heart transplants, almost greater than 50% of our patients for a heart transplant come from other heart transplant programs. So we're considered the cream of the crop. With those types of difficult patients, we still have one of the best outcomes in the entire country. We have some of the shortest wait times (for a heart transplant) in the entire country. And we do everything possible to be able to get somebody directly to a transplant without giving them the extra major operation of a ventricular assist device. We also do unique patient populations, like patients who need multiple organs, and patients who, because of religious beliefs, have to have their surgery bloodlessly.

A Team Approach 

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. 

Transplanting High-Risk Patients

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. 

Proven Success & Continued Excellence

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.