The Heart Transplant Program at UC San Diego Health began in 1989 under the direction of the internationally renowned cardiothoracic surgeon Stuart W. Jamieson, MB, FRCS. Our surgeons
In 1990, our heart transplant program performed the first heart transplant on the West coast using the world's only FDA-approved total artificial heart. Since then it has performed over 175 heart transplants with results that exceed national standards for heart transplantation for people with irreversible, life-threatening heart disease.
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:
- 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.
Lung and Heart-Lung Transplants
We work closely with our sister program, the
Lung Transplantation Program which was established at UC San Diego Health 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. Our surgeons are proud to have some of the longest surviving heart-lung transplant patients in the world.
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