Success Stories

The University of Maryland Heart and Vascular Center is recognized as a regional leader in providing advanced cardiac treatment for adults and children. Meet some of our patients and read about their life-changing experiences. These are the sort of successes that University of Maryland Heart Center physicians and staff make possible every day.

Aortic Valve Surgery | Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery | Heart Transplant | Mitral Valve Repair Surgery | Pulmonary Hypertension | Screening and Diagnosis | Vascular

Veterinarian Living Full Life After Heart Transplant

Kerry Murphy, DVM, had a heart transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center five years ago. She is back to living a full life, working full time and making the most of every day.

Aortic Valve Surgery

We have unique expertise in complex aortic valve procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacementaortic valve bypass and aortic valve repair and replacement.

John BreslandAortic valve surgery patient and his wife praise University of Maryland Heart and Vascular Center staff for excellent care.

Jack MyersAortic valve surgery patient enjoying time with great-grandchildren. (Read Jack's Emotional Update).

Michael Brown: 57-year-old man performs at his Tai Chi Black Belt ceremony just three weeks after surgery.

William Wisener: 80-year-old aortic stenosis patient grateful for minimally invasive aortic valve replacement surgery.

Garry Clarke: Aortic valve replacement patient has a new lease on life.

Tony ForemanAortic valve replacement patient "back in the gym" soon after surgery.

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

We perform all types of coronary artery bypass surgery, including minimally invasive, hybrid and a robotic bypass surgery called totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass (TECAB). We are committed to giving you the least invasive surgery possible. Learn more about our Coronary Revascularization Program.

Rita Ann Reimer: Orioles fan thanks Dr. Bradley Taylor and baseball for a successful surgery.

Richard StansburyClydesdale farmer back on his tractor two weeks after robotic heart bypass surgery.

Douglas MartinRobotic CABG patient climbs a mountain three months after heart surgery

Ronald Bress: Internet connects robot-assisted triple bypass heart surgery patient with UMMC

Charles PughRobotic bypass procedure saves patient from open heart surgery

Roger SuterAfter robot-assisted heart bypass surgery, Roger Suter says the difference is like "night and day."

Heart Transplant

We perform heart transplant procedures, including complex combined transplants. Learn more about our Heart and Lung Transplant Program.

Kerry Murphy: Five years after heart transplant, Kerry is working full time and living life to the fullest.

Jose Fernandez, Sr.: 159 days in the hospital leads to successful double lung and heart transplant for father of six.

Dan ScottKidney transplant recipient from Colorado moves to Baltimore for career and gets second transplant, a heart, at UMMC.

Greg Small: Young veteran gets heart transplant and runs first half-marathon.

David Krech: Rare heart/liver transplant saves the life of a young Georgia man who sought care at UMMC.

Ralph Davis: Heart transplant gives husband and father of three a new lease on life.

Kyle WilkersonTeen has a heart transplant eight years after his father receives a new heart.

Mitral Valve Repair Surgery

Mitral valve repair surgery, an advanced procedure, provides significant improvement in your symptoms and has fewer complications than a valve replacement. Learn more about mitral valve repair.

Elizabeth Norris: Virginia woman shares the story of her successful mitral valve repair

Kathryn Kingsley: She thought her shortness of breath was from COPD. Turns out it was her mitral valve.

David KubiatowiczMinimally invasive mitral valve repair surgery patient shares his detailed story and photos.

Kent KruegerPatient finds leading cardiac surgeon on the Internet, flies from Arizona for mitral valve repair.

Pulmonary Hypertension

Our Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic is the only center in the mid-Atlantic region performing the delicate pulmonary thromboendarterectomy surgery, a procedure to cure chronic pulmonary hypertension.

Margaret Martins: Pulmonary hypertension patient says there was 'remarkable change' after PTE surgery.

Martin HillPatient undergoes surgery for pulmonary emboli and DVT.

Screening and Diagnosis

Our advanced cardiac diagnostic procedures help us provide an accurate diagnosis, so we can get you the treatment you need. Learn more about heart screening and the Center for Preventive Cardiology.

Sandra UnitasRoutine heart screening and tests save the life of the wife of Johnny Unitas.

Kathleen Shanks: With the help of a new, non-invasive test, University of Maryland Medical Center employee discovers blocked artery.

Sandra LanierUnique heart surgery changes woman's life.

David FisherAnatomy and physiology teacher recovers well from quadruple bypass thanks to healthy lifestyle before surgery.


Patricia MorganUniversity of Maryland employee has new lease on life after surgery.

Mike BryantDeaf patient shares story about life-saving surgery.

Evelin O'NeillPAD patient grateful to Dr. Sarkar for saving her leg.

Carl AdamsAortic dissection patient thankful to UMMC vascular surgeon for saving his life.

Daniel HutzellAfter vascular surgery, Daniel Hutzell can walk miles Without pain.

Harriet BurtwellVascular surgery relieves patient's leg pain.

Allen Weller: Dramatic patient success story highlights importance of vascular screening.

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