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.
Real patients. Real stories.
After experiencing a widowmaker heart attack in his own home, Tim needed a heart transplant.
Quick action by his family and our medical team, along with the right donor organ, saved his life.
After receiving his heart transplant at 24 years old, Kennedy Ngungutau is making every beat count. Kennedy is now serving as a volunteer to other cardiac patients at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas and plans to pursue a career as a heart transplantation nurse.
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.
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
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
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
Dan M. Meyer, MD
Chief of Heart Transplantation and Advanced Circulatory Support at Baylor University Medical Center
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