Why Choose UW Health Heart Transplant?

Nationally-recognized leader
UW Health's heart transplant program has gained national and international recognition for leadership in transplant surgery and care of transplant patients. Since the program began in 1973, more than 700 patients have been offered a second chance of life through heart transplantation.
Innovation, research and leading-edge technology
Our program is part of an academic medical center with research and teaching as part of its mission. This environment allows for leading-edge medication protocols, technology, organ recovery techniques, surgical techniques and post-transplant care.
UW Hospital and Clinics is the only hospital in the state of Wisconsin that is approved to implant the DeBakey heart device. This device assists the pumping of the heart for patients with heart failure and can be used permanently or temporarily while the patient is waiting for a heart transplant. 

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Excellent patient success
Our program has consistently led the nation in patient outcomes despite taking patients whose conditions are so complex that other centers would not consider them for transplant. Proof of the program's effectiveness can be seen in statistics comparing the performance of UW Health with all other transplant programs, as tracked by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Registry (ISHLT).
Compassionate, customized patient care
The UW Health transplant team is proud to provide world-class care tailored for each patient. Patients receive support throughout the entire transplantation process, including the decision-making process, evaluation, waiting period, surgery and hospitalization, and follow-up care after surgery.
Knowledge and expertise
Our experienced staff is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for transplant patients and creating the future of transplantation. Our multi-disciplinary team works together to provide patients with the best outcome possible. The team approach allows us to provide our patients with customized, comprehensive care and ensures the continuity of care. Our physicians and surgeons bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise from their training with nationally and internationally recognized transplant programs.
Wait time to transplant
While the patient's wait time for a heart transplant can vary greatly, the median wait time for heart transplant between December 1, 2018 and November 30, 2019 was 28 days, significantly shorter than the one-year national wait time.