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Heart Transplant 

The heart transplant program at Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute is the nation’s fifth largest - and first in Texas - by volume.

We’re located on the campus of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Ours is a comprehensive program with board certified transplant cardiologists working alongside with cardiac surgeons and a nursing and pulmonary team, all with advanced heart failure training and experience. This allows us to treat patients with all stages of heart failure, including complex cases turned away by other medical centers.

Patients benefit in many ways:

  • Short wait times. Our median wait time from listing to transplant for status 1A patients is merely eight days.
  • Testing and evaluation is completed in one week.
  • Dual Listing with other organ procurement agencies in TX, OK, and LA.
  • Coordinated care: At the Advanced Heart and Lung Disease Center or one of our outreach clinics throughout Texas.
  • Mechanical support capabilities (VAD and ECMO).
  • Extensive experience in multi-organ transplantation (heart-liver; heart-kidney; heart-lung).

Why patients choose our program:

  • Cardiac specialists that aggressively pursue ways to save lives
  • A remarkable median wait time of eight days* for status 1A heart transplant patients—and two weeks* for status 1B--from the time they are listed to receiving a heart transplant.
  • Ability to access donor hearts from more than one organ procurement agency for dual listed patients, increasing the possibility of receiving a transplant.
  • Excellent survival outcomes as the busiest heart transplant program in Texas and one of the nation’s top five in volume. Experience counts. The more times a hospital performs a procedure, the better its success rate.
  • A program in one of the largest multi-specialty transplant centers in the country and recognized as one of the nation’s best.
  • Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a hospital recognized for its high quality care and centers of excellence; also named for the 24th consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" issue.
  • A comprehensive Advanced Heart and Lung Disease Center that offers disease management; mechanical circulatory support program; chronic hemodynamic support and transplantation; cardiac rehabilitation; patient education that is focused on medication, lifestyle adjustments and nutrition; and patient and family support programs.
  • Team of professionals dedicated to the treatment of advanced heart failure, including physicians on the medical staff that specialize in transplant cardiology, cardiac transplant surgeons, certified heart failure nurses, transplant coordinators, dietitians, social workers and more.
  • Aggressive approach to recipient and donor selection which allows us to provide life-saving care for more people.
  • Housing for out-of-town patients and their families pre- and post- transplant.

For more information or to self-refer to the transplant program, call 214.820.6856 for more information.

* October 2015 to October 2016

About Heart Transplant at Baylor

Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski, MD, chief of heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support at the Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute, discusses the level of care and compassion patients can expect to find at one of the largest heart transplant programs in the country.

Heart Transplant Volumes

Baylor performed over 100 heart transplants in 2014 and was one of only two centers in the world to reach this milestone.

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Dual Listing

Patients may list with multiple organ procurement organizations, which may increase the possibility of finding a donor heart for transplant.

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Conditions Treated

There are a number of serious heart conditions that can lead to heart failure and make transplant the best or only treatment option.

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Heart Transplant FAQ

Patients potentially in need of a heart transplant often have many questions regarding the evaluation and transplant process. We're here to help.

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Ventricular Assist Device

Baylor Dallas’ ventricular assist device (VAD) Program can improve quality of life and help avoid repeat hospitalizations.

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About Heart Failure

One of the most common reasons patients need a heart transplant is due to heart failure. While certainly a serious condition, the heart failure evaluation process may yield a range of different treatment possibilities.

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Patient & Family Support

At Baylor, we're committed to helping you make lifestyle adjustments even after you leave our facilities. Learn more about Baylor's support programs and find helpful resources.

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