Heart transplant

Call for an appointment

Duke's heart transplant program has some of the shortest wait times for heart transplant in the region, and our survival rates consistently rank among the nation’s best. Our program is also one of the nation’s largest, and has been named one of the highest performing heart transplant centers in the country by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Among nation's leading heart transplant centers

Our surgeons perform more heart transplants each year than most other centers in the United States. In 2014 we performed our 1,000th transplant – a significant milestone which has been achieved by only a handful of centers. Our experienced team uses advanced medical and surgical strategies to provide excellent outcomes for adults and children with poor heart function resulting from end-stage heart failure, congenital heart disease, or other severe heart conditions. 

Top ventricular assist device (VAD) center

Our doctors are also 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 offers VAD as a permanent therapy for end-stage heart disease when transplant is not an option. 

Choose Duke for your heart transplant surgery because we offer:

  • Experience based on volume. Our heart transplant surgeons have performed twice as many heart transplants as any other center in North Carolina. In 2014 we reached 1,000 transplants – a milestone only achieved by a handful of transplant centers across the country. We are the first center to achieve this transplant milestone in our five-state UNOS region.
  • Short wait times to transplant and outstanding survival rates. Our program has some of the shortest wait list times on the East Coast; the average wait time to transplant is less than three months. Our one-year survival rates consistently remain above 90%.  
  • Extended criteria selection. 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 heart failure, including many over age 70.
  • Mending little hearts. Duke Children's heart surgery program is the largest and most comprehensive in North Carolina. We run the largest pediatric cardiac intensive care unit in the state. We offer a full spectrum of medical and surgical therapies for children with failing congenital or acquired heart disease or cardiomyopathy.  Our team of specialists ensures your child receives coordinated care, family support and long-term follow up.
  • Comprehensive care before and after transplant. We educate you and your family about your emotional and physical needs before and after transplant. Our care guides outline what you can expect throughout the process, including how to prepare for a transplant and how to care for your body after a transplant.
  • A team of caring coordinators. Our dedicated team of transplant coordinators include advanced care nurses who help you navigate the transplant process and address your concerns. Your transplant coordinator will answer your questions about the initial evaluation and surgical procedure to financial concerns, emotional needs and dietary requirements. 
  • Multi-organ transplantation expertise. Our surgeons are experienced in transplanting hearts in combination with other organs, such as lungs, livers and kidneys.
  • Leaders in transplantation research. 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.

Before your heart transplant

After your heart transplant

Ready for an appointment?
- call us at -