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Heart Transplant Program


Amrut Ambardekar, MD
Medical Director Cardiac Transplant Program
 
The University of Colorado's Adult Heart Transplant Program, one of the oldest and most established programs in the country, has been in existence since 1986 and is the only Medicare-certified heart transplant program in Colorado. This program has consistently achieved high patient and graft survival rates. A multi-disciplinary approach is used for patient management in all phases of care from selection through post-operative follow-up. Patient care, both before and after transplantation is orchestrated by the advanced heart failure/transplant cardiologists at University of Colorado Hospital (currently six faculty members are part of this group) in close partnership with the cardiothoracic surgical faculty. Advanced heart failure/transplant physicians have special expertise in heart failure, heart transplantation, and the use of temporary mechanical circulatory assist devices. Care is coordinated with the patient's referring physician and communication is maintained with the referring physicians on each visit. The transplant coordinators, transplant cardiologists, transplant surgeons, pharmacologists, social workers and transplant financial coordinators are always available to patients during their visits to clinic or during their hospital stay. The program has considerable experience with left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) as both bridge-to-transplant and as destination therapy.  Nearly 500 heart transplants have been performed at University of Colorado Hospital, and we anticipate that 30-40 heart transplants and 40-50 LVAD implants will be performed this coming year.
 
For further information or to schedule a patient for evaluation: (720) 848-0850 or visit the University of Colorado Hospital Heart Transplant Website.
 
For Referring Physicians:  If you are a referring physician, call the 24 hour University of Colorado Hospital Doc Line at 1-844-285-4555 and ask to speak to the Advanced Heart Failure-Transplant Cardiologist on call.