About Heart Transplantation

Heart transplantation is a surgical treatment for patients with advanced heart failure who have a poor quality of life and high mortality associated with their cardiac condition. Patients must be on a transplant list in order to receive a heart transplant.

UC Davis Health is approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing, the agency that manages the nation’s organ transplant system, as a heart transplant center. We are ideally situated in Sacramento to treat advanced heart failure patients in inland Northern and Central California and Western Nevada. Our highly individualized approach will ensure that all patients will be given careful consideration of transplant candidacy. Patients can expect to receive a thorough transplant evaluation and counseling on the nature of heart transplantation

The program has a large multidisciplinary team including cardiothoracic surgeons, advanced heart failure cardiologists, advanced practitioners, transplant coordinators, nurses, financial coordinators, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists, and transplant administrators.  These professionals all work together to ensure the best plan of care for each patient.

The Heart Transplant Program at UC Davis is part of a comprehensive heart failure treatment program that includes inpatient and outpatient care and a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program.

The Heart Transplant Program at UC Davis Transplant Center will be opening soon.  If you have a heart failure patient that needs to be seen by an advanced heart failure cardiologist, please refer them to the UC Davis Advanced Heart Failure Clinic now by calling 916-734-5200 or faxing this form (PDF) 916-703-6093. If you have an urgent referral, please call the main hospital at 916-734-2011 and ask for the advanced heart failure cardiologist on call to be paged.

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