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Heart Transplantation

artifical heart

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Did You Know?

UC San Diego Medical Center performed the West Coast’s first implant of the world’s only FDA-approved total artificial heart. During the four-hour procedure, the patient’s diseased heart was completely removed and replaced by a lifesaving device that rapidly restored blood flow to his entire body. The patient, who suffered from a near-fatal heart virus in his 20s, recently underwent heart transplant surgery and is now recovering.
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The Heart Transplant Program at UC San Diego Health System began in 1989 under the direction of the internationally renowned cardiothoracic surgeon Stuart W. Jamieson, MB, FRCS.

In 1990, the Heart Transplant Program performed its first heart transplant and has since performed over 175 heart transplants with excellent results.

The program’s philosophy is to focus on comprehensive and compassionate patient care tailored to the individual patient, with the involvement of a multidisciplinary team of experts in the fields of advanced heart failure, cardiac surgery, cardiac transplantation and alternatives to transplant such as long-term mechanical assistance or opportunities to participate in the latest research trials.

Why Would Someone Need a Heart Transplant?

A heart transplant is a treatment option for irreversible, life-threatening heart diseases that cannot be managed by other medical or surgical methods. These conditions may include:

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Severe coronary artery disease
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Defects in heart valves leading to severe congestive heart failure

Our focus is to improve the quality and longevity of our patients' lives. Our patient outcomes at meet or exceed national standards of excellence.

Does UC San Diego Health System Also Do Lung and Heart-Lung Transplants?

We work closely with our sister program, the Lung Transplantation Program which was established at UC San Diego in 1989 and performs single lung, double lung and combination heart-lung transplantations with outstanding success.

An international leader in lung transplantation, we are one of the busiest lung transplant programs on the West Coast. Since 1989, more than 270 lung transplants and 20 heart-lung transplants have been performed with excellent results.

How Can I Get More Information?

We welcome any inquiries about our program, as well as new referrals and self-referrals. Our program works closely with your current physicians to provide continuity of care and a team approach.

For more information, please call 858-657-5050 or e-mail