The first successful heart transplant in Florida was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center in 1986 on Thanksgiving Day. Since then, our surgeons perform 30 to 40 heart transplants annually on adults and pediatrics, and to date, we’ve performed more than 1,000 total.

As a leader in heart failure treatment and transplant, the Miami Transplant Institute has extensive experience treating patients with heart failure and advanced cardiomyopathies, often collaborating with the Children’s Heart Center of Holtz Children’s Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The center is the only university-based program in South Florida that offers a cardiac transplant center and continuum of care from infancy to adulthood.

The mission of the multidisciplinary team of specialists at the Children’s Heart Center is to provide the best care using the most advanced and intensive medical therapies for patients with heart failure due to congenital heart defects or acquired heart problems. The accredited pediatric cardiologists from our Pediatric Heart Failure Program, the only accredited program in the State of Florida, have been able to delay, intervene, and avoid transplantation for pediatric patients that are often referred for evaluation. If the evaluation shows that the patient is at the end-stage of heart failure, has uncorrectable heart defects, or has uncontrollable heart arrhythmias, the patient is then seen by transplantation experts to seek other treatment options such as heart transplantation. Other treatments include the following:

  • State-of-the-art medical management of congestive heart failure in children and adults with congenital heart disease
  • Medical management of pulmonary hypertension
  • Cardiac transplantation in children and adults with congenital heart disease
  • Mechanical circulatory support to children as a bridge to heart transplantation

We also offer the implantation of a variety of temporary and permanent ventricular assist devices including:

  • Berlin Heart – Excor Pediatric
  • Heartware
  • Heart Mate II and III
  • SynCardia Total Artificial Heart
  • ECMO

Over the last several years, survival rates for children undergoing heart transplantation in our program have exceeded national averages with 100% survival at one and three years. Holtz has a fully dedicated, integrated pediatric heart failure and transplant program committed to sustaining these national standards with a pediatric heart transplant team of dedicated specialists including pediatric cardiac surgeons, heart transplant cardiologists, heart failure specialists, pediatric transplant and heart failure nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, nutritionists, immunologists, pulmonologists, psychologists, and others.