We are an internationally renowned destination for heart transplant care in Dallas

Through the Center for Advanced Heart and Lung Disease at Baylor University Medical Center, patients have convenient access to care for complex or chronic heart conditions, including management of advanced heart failure, heart transplantation, mechanical device support and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), education on medication, lifestyle adjustments and nutrition, and support programs.

Cardiac rehabilitation is also available on our medical campus near downtown Dallas with Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital.

Our team of cardiac specialists aggressively pursues ways to save lives of heart transplant patients from the time they are listed to transplanted.

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Celebrating 1,000 grateful hearts

Baylor University Medical Center is a pioneer in organ transplant in Dallas. Since our first transplant in 1986, our goal has been to transform stories in our communities. As we celebrate our 1,000th heart transplant in Dallas, we want to thank the families, care teams and donors who help hearts get Better.

Learn more about our thousandth heart transplant

Why choose Baylor University Medical Center

  • We have performed 1,000 heart transplants and 500 left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantations since the program started in 1986.
  • We offer the shortest wait time from time of listing to transplant in Texas, with more than 30% of patients receiving a transplant within 30 days (SRTR.org Jan 1, 2016 and June 30, 2021).
  • We are actively involved in research to improve outcomes before and after heart transplant.
  • We are part of the Baylor Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute, which is one of the largest multi-specialty transplant centers in the country.
  • Baylor University Medical Center is recognized consistently among the nation’s top ten percent as “High Performing” in Heart Failure by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Team of professionals dedicated to the treatment of advanced heart failure, including transplant cardiologists and transplant surgeons on the medical staff, certified heart failure nurses, transplant coordinators, dietitians, social workers and more. Find a specialist.
  • Aggressive approach to recipient and donor selection which allows us to provide life-saving care for more people.
  • Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas was the first hospital in North Texas to use an artificial heart as a "bridge to transplant."
  • Housing for out-of-town patients and their families pre- and post-transplant.

Innovative clinical trials

As a major academic medical center with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and specialists in heart care, Baylor University Medical Center is able to offer patients access to clinical trials offering potential new treatment options. One such trial is an FDA-approved early feasibility study for the world’s most advanced total artificial heart device. Baylor University Medical Center is one of seven sites for this innovative clinical trial.

There have been no major changes in the field of total artificial heart in more than 30 years, so we are very excited to be able to offer access to participation in a clinical trial for this innovative pump to our patients who qualify.

Clinical trials offered

Advanced heart disease

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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Ventricular assist device (VAD)

A VAD is a mechanical device used to take over the pumping function for one or both of the heart's ventricles, or pumping chambers

Learn more about VAD

Experienced heart failure and heart transplant specialists

Our team of professionals is dedicated to the treatment of advanced heart failure (HF) and includes transplant cardiologists and surgeons on the medical staff, certified heart failure nurses, transplant coordinators, dietitians, social workers and more."

Heart transplant leadership

Shelley A. Hall, MD

Chief of Transplant Cardiology and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Baylor University Medical Center

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Dan M. Meyer, MD

Chief of Heart Transplantation and Advanced Circulatory Support at Baylor University Medical Center

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Contact us

Cardiothoracic transplants: 214.820.6856