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Heart Transplant

If your child needs a heart transplant, we’re the only hospital in the state:

  • That performs pediatric heart transplants
  • With a dedicated pediatric transplant cardiologist 
  • Offering ventricular assist devices (VADs) to children with severe, end-stage heart failure who are waiting for a transplant

Heart Transplant Experience

We performed our first pediatric heart transplant in 1991 and have provided over 30 children with new hearts. 

Specialized Heart Transplant Care

Young people who need new hearts have different physical and emotional needs from adults. At UVA, our medical professionals are experts in pediatric heart transplant.

If your child has a heart transplant at UVA, you can count on a care team that includes:

  • Pediatric heart transplant surgeons
  • Pediatric cardiologists
  • Pediatric anesthesiologists
  • Pediatric intensivists (doctors who specialize in the care of patients in intensive care)
  • Social workers
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Child life specialists
  • Psychologists
  • Nutritionists

LVAD Technology

UVA is a pioneer in the use of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD)

LVADS restore blood flow circulation from the heart to the rest of the body. For children waiting for a new heart, an LVAD can play a key role until a heart is available. 

At UVA, we can give your child a double Berlin Heart, an external pump with two chambers. This procedure, used rarely in children, can be life-saving.

Read more about heart transplants and what to expect

Make An Appointment

Call us at 434.924.9119

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A First In Virginia

Violet Smith became the first patient in Virginia to be placed on a double Berlin Heart, a device that helped sustain her while she waited for a viable organ. Watch her story about receiving a heart transplant.