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Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

UCH celebrates 500th heart transplant

Drs. David Campbell and Joseph Cleveland

The cardiac transplantation program at University of Colorado Hospital recently celebrated a significant milestone: 500 heart transplants. Two surgeons from our Division, Dr. David Campbell (pictured, left) and Dr. Joseph Cleveland (pictured, right), have played leading roles in getting the hospital to this noteworthy number.

Dr. Campbell served as surgical director of the cardiac transplantation program from its founding in the 1980s through 2003. Dr. Cleveland took over in 2003 and continues to serve as surgical director today. Meanwhile, Dr. Campbell has taken over leadership of the cardiac transplantation program at Children's Hospital Colorado. The combined number of heart transplants at these two hospitals is now approaching the 1,000 mark.

Read more in UCHealth Insider:

(March 2016)

Dr. Grover receives award from Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Dr. Fred Grover (center) is honored at the 52nd annual meeting of the STS

Dr. Frederick Grover has been awarded the 2016 Earl Bakken Scientific Achievement Award by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). This award, named after the developer of the first wearable artificial pacemaker, recognizes "individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions that have enhanced the practice of cardiothoracic surgery and patients' quality of life."

Dr. Grover was honored in particular for his role in establishing, and supporting the growth of, the STS National Database, a repository of information on thoracic surgery outcomes that is widely seen as the gold standard of clinical outcomes databases.

You can read more about the award and Dr. Grover's achievements on the following web pages:

(February 2016)

New medical device gives heart a helping hand

Ed Jungbluth

"Night and day" is how Ed Jungbluth describes the difference that a new medical device has made in his health. The HeartMate 3, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), was implanted in Ed's heart this past September to help it circulate blood more effectively. Dr. Joe Cleveland performed the operation.

The HeartMate 3, which is manufactured by Thoratec Corporation, offers a number of potentially significant advantages over its predecessor (the HeartMate II) and is currently being tested in a nationwide clinical trial. Dr. Cleveland is one of the principal investigators in the trial.

Ed is the first patient at University of Colorado Hospital to participate in the trial. For him, the HeartMate 3 has the potential to be a game-changer. Read more.

(November 2015)

Arizona woman saved by double-lung transplant

Lisa Messina with her husband and daughters

At the age of 34, Lisa Messina was running out of time. Cystic fibrosis had ravaged her lungs, and she found herself in end-stage lung disease, facing an average life expectancy of about 37. Her husband and two daughters were devastated as they watched her succumb to her illness.

Then came a call from the University of Colorado Hospital. A set of donor lungs had become available, paving the way for Lisa's best chance at survival: a double lung transplant. For the rest of the story, watch the video on the CBS-4 website. (A brief advertisement will play before the video.)

(March 2015)

Dr. Weyant leads lung team in Colorado's first
double-lung-and-liver transplant

Dr. Michael Weyant

On March 10, a team of surgeons from our department performed a complex operation on Shaun McCabe, a 30-year-old man from Nebraska who was dying from cystic fibrosis. Shaun received two new lungs and a new liver—the first such operation ever performed in the state of Colorado.

Dr. Michael Weyant headed the lung team for the operation, collaborating with Dr. Kam of the Transplant Division, who led the liver team. Watch the CBS-4 news story on our website.

(March 2015)

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