Heart & Lung Transplant Program

At the Heart and Lung Transplant Program at the University of Maryland, you are in the hands of some of the nation’s most experienced and skilled transplant surgeons. We have been performing heart and lung transplants since the 1980s, and we offer a wide range of medical and surgical options for patients with advanced heart and lung disease. Our extensive experience gives us an unparalleled depth of expertise in transplant procedures.

We also work to improve the lives of hundreds of patients by identifying treatments that can postpone or even prevent the need for transplantation. Our team is at the forefront of developing these new techniques, including methods to combat organ shortages and advances in artificial heart pumps. Meet our heart transplant team and our lung transplant team.

Heart and Lung Transplant at the University of Maryland

A heart or lung transplant is an option for patients when other medical and surgical interventions have not been sufficient. Our transplant team is aggressive about getting you the care you need. We have the resources, specialists and advanced heart and lung technology to see you safely through your transplant procedure.

Families turn to us for heart and lung transplants because of our superior level of care:

  • Proven outcomes: Our success rate is consistently above the national average thanks to our integrated team approach, our access to the full resources of an academic medical center and our depth of expertise in caring for patients before and after transplant surgery. For heart and lung transplant, our one-year survival rate exceeds than the national average.
  • Complex procedures: At the University of Maryland Medical Center, we perform nearly 500 organ transplant operations per year. This includes complex combined transplant operations, such as combined heart-liver and heart-kidney transplants that are not typically performed at other centers.
  • High-risk patients: We offer hope for patients who have been deemed too high risk. We work with them to help them meet the requirements for transplant. We have performed successful transplant procedures for high-risk patients, including older patients (more than 60 years of age) and those who are hospitalized for other conditions.
  • Clinical research: We are not just helping patients now, but we are also involved in research and trials that will lead to more effective and safer treatments. We are investigating novel techniques and technologies to combat the shortage of organs available. 
  • Holistic care: We treat patients, not conditions. We take the time to get to know you and encourage you to be involved in your health care decisions. Our program features a monthly support group and an active Facebook page. In addition, we offer peer-to-peer mentoring, where patients who have undergone transplants talk to and mentor those awaiting their procedure. Learn more about our Heart and Lung Transplant Support Group.

Heart Transplant Program

For patients with end-stage heart failure, a heart transplant can offer hope. Our heart transplant specialists provide comprehensive, personalized care before, during and after your transplant.

  • Comprehensive evaluation: A team of heart specialists with expertise in many different areas of heart care will help determine if you are a candidate for a transplant.
  • Waiting list: You and your transplant team will decide together if transplant is your best treatment option. If so, we will place you on the waiting list. While you wait, we may implant a ventricular assist device (VAD) to help your heart function and relieve your symptoms.
  • What to expect: Our team will walk you through every step of your procedure, including crucial post-surgical care and follow up.

Learn more about heart transplants.

Ventricular Assist Devices

Ventricular assist devices (VAD) are devices we implant that take over some or all of the heart’s function. These can be life-saving devices that help you wait comfortably until a heart becomes available.

We offer many different VAD systems, a greater variety than most heart centers provide. This enables us to tailor the appropriate device for you. We are also one of the few centers performing a minimally invasive technique to implant the VAD, leading to a shorter and easier recovery. Learn more about ventricular assist devices.

Lung Transplant

Our lung transplant program gives new hope to people with debilitating lung disease. In addition to transplant procedures, we provide the latest treatment options that can postpone or even prevent the need for lung transplant. Learn more about lung transplant.

Lung Rescue Unit

Patients with lung disease receive expert care in our Lung Rescue Unit. Specialists with a high level of expertise in lung disease collaborate to provide the advanced care you need. In this unit, you can be placed on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) until your lungs recover or you become healthy enough for transplant. Learn more about our Lung Rescue Unit.


ECMO, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, is a device that takes over the work of the lungs. It removes the carbon dioxide from the blood and circulates oxygen throughout the body, allowing the body to rest and recover. We use ECMO for both children and adults, often as a bridge to transplant. Learn more about ECMO.

Transplant Eligibility

To become a candidate for a heart or lung transplant, you must fit the criteria. Not every patient is eligible to become a transplant candidate. However, even if you don’t fit the criteria, we have a variety of alternative treatment options to relieve your symptoms. Learn more about heart transplant eligibility.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 1-866-408-6885.

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