Duke's heart transplant program has some of the shortest wait times in the region. Our program is also one of the nation’s largest and consistently ranks in the top five for the number of transplants performed each year.
Our experienced team uses advanced medical and surgical strategies to provide excellent outcomes for people with poor heart function due to end-stage heart failure, congenital heart disease, or other severe heart conditions.
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After Your Heart Transplant
Preventing Organ Rejection
Although organ rejection may follow transplants, our well-developed treatment strategies make organ rejection uncommon.
Support for You and Your Caregivers
We provide you and your caregivers the resources and support you need to live a healthy life after transplantation. Our transplant coordinators are always available to answer your questions and address your concerns.
One of the Nation's Leading Heart Transplant Centers
Our heart transplant program has performed twice as many heart transplants as any other center in North Carolina. As of 2019, we have performed more than 1,400 heart transplants -- a number achieved by only a handful of transplant centers across the country.
Shorter Wait Times
Our program has some of the shortest wait-list times on the East Coast. We offer transplantation to patients whose risk levels have been considered too high for many other programs, and our one-year survival rates remain very good.
We Look for Every Opportunity to Offer You a Transplant
Our innovative approaches to recipient and donor selection mean we may be able to help you even if you don’t meet the standard guidelines for transplant. We achieve excellent outcomes for older patients with advanced heart failure.
Education and Support Throughout the Process
Your transplant coordinator will help you navigate the transplant process and answer your questions about everything from the initial evaluation to the surgical procedure to your financial, emotional, and dietary concerns. Our care guides help prepare you and your family for your emotional and physical needs before and after transplant.
Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Experts
Our doctors are among the nation’s leaders in the development, testing, and implantation of ventricular assist devices (VADs), which serve as a bridge to transplant. Our program is one of the largest in the nation and also offers VAD as a permanent therapy for end-stage heart disease when transplant is not an option.
Advancing Best Practices in Transplantation
Our doctors are leaders in transplantation research, which gives you access to new therapies and best practices in heart transplantation through our programs and clinical trials.
When it comes to your heart care, you want the very best. Duke University Hospital's nationally ranked cardiology and heart surgery program is ranked the best in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report for 2019–2020.