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Pediatric Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Program

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There are many important things to consider when selecting a heart transplant center, including experience, survival rates, program longevity, participation in research, and physician and staff credentials.

The Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) is considered one of the leading transplant centers in the world with a major role in heart transplant and ventricular assist devices (VAD).  We are recognized leaders in the development of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) that can either be used to prolong life while waiting for organ availability or as a destination therapy for patients who are not eligible for transplantation.

MTI is a collaborative endeavor between Jackson Memorial Hospital and University of Miami Health System/Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

A multidisciplinary team of medical professionals and patient advocates work together to increase access to transplantation and improve quality of life. A leader in heart failure treatment and transplant, Miami Transplant Institute has extensive experience treating patients with Heart Failure and advanced Cardiomyopathies.  Our team includes cardiac and transplant surgeons, specially trained and certified cardiologists, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse coordinators, social workers, dieticians, psychologists, pharmacists and infectious disease doctors. Many studies have shown that this multidisciplinary approach makes for better outcomes and improved quality of life for our patients. MTI performed its first adult heart transplant in November 1986. Since then, the medical center has maintained a steady annual volume of adult and pediatric heart transplants.  The programs survival rates* have exceeded nationally established benchmarks. It has been awarded several honors which include 2011 Health Grades Excellence Award as one of the nations top three Organ Transplant Centers and 2012 Bronze Award from UNOS. 

Today we perform approximately 30 to 40 transplants each year serving both adult and pediatric patients. While adult transplant patients are cared for by our adult team.  Our transplant team provides care to children in collaboration with the pediatric cardiovascular surgeons and pediatric cardiology team, offering transplants to children with disease due to congenital defects or viral infection. Since its beginning, the program's total experience exceeds 500 heart transplants

We also offer a Mechanical Assist Device support program. This program meets the needs of patients who require immediate assistance while waiting on the heart transplant list and for those who may never be a candidate for transplant.

We appreciate your interest in our program. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information. 

*Survival rates indicate how many patients or grafts (transplanted organs) are alive/functioning at a set time post-transplant. Survival rates are often given at one, three and five years. Policy modifications are never made without examining their impact on transplant survival rates. Survival rates improve with technological and scientific advances. Developing policies that reflect and respond to these advances in transplantation will also improve survival rate.

Pediatric Heart Transplant and VAD Program
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