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Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health is an internationally renowned destination for heart transplant care. Through the Center for Advanced Heart and Lung Disease, patients have convenient access to care for complex or chronic heart conditions, including management of advanced heart failure, heart transplantation, mechanical device support and extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), education on medication, lifestyle adjustments and nutrition, and support programs. Cardiac rehabilitation is also available on our campus 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.

After experiencing a widow-maker heart attack in his home, Tim Gallagher was given a lifesaving heart transplant at Baylor Heart and Vascular Services at Dallas.
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We're here to help

Patients potentially in need of a heart transplant often have many questions regarding the evaluation and transplant process

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, making us one of the largest programs nationally by volume.
  • We offer the shortest wait time from time of listing to transplant in Texas, with more than 50% of patients receiving a transplant within 30 days.
  • 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.
  • Aggressive approach to recipient and donor selection which allows us to provide life-saving care for more people.
  • Baylor 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.
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  • Celebrating 1,000 grateful hearts

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

  • I wake up every day with the goal of making every beat count

    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.

  • Baylor Dallas is consistently ranked as High Performing for Heart Failure in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list

Medical 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

Innovative clinical trails

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.

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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

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