Heart Transplant Program

OHSU has the largest and longest-running heart transplant program in the region and has performed more than 700 heart transplants. 

OHSU offers comprehensive support services for heart transplants, including:

  • Multi-organ failure services: On-site access to the skills and expertise offered by other organ transplant programs, including liver and kidney, for the best results.
  • Immunogenetics and Transplantation Lab: A lab that performs tissue compatibility testing for kidney, pancreas, heart, lung, liver and bone marrow transplant.
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit: A 24/7 intensive care unit that manages only the sickest cardiovascular patients.
  • Level 1 Trauma Center: The highest level of 24/7 lifesaving trauma care for patients in urgent need of highly specialized cardiovascular care, including those with heart failure.
  • ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation): Cardiac life support for patients with potentially reversible respiratory and/or cardiac failure; OHSU is the only health system in the Pacific Northwest offering air and ground transport for both pulmonary and cardiac adult ECMO patients. 
  • Unmatched expertise: Transplant surgeons, critical care specialists and advanced heart failure transplant cardiologists experienced in pre- and post-operative care. 

Our team is made up of heart surgeons, cardiologists, nurses, coordinators, social workers, nutritionists, pharmacists and many others who are dedicated to the specialized care of heart transplant patients.

Patient Stories: Susan Hasset

Susan Hasset who had a heart transplant is inspiring others through her experiences
Photo courtesy of Bitna Chung Photography

"I won," Susan Hassett triumphantly declares. "Three months into recovery from a heart transplant, and I can say with confidence that I won." Susan's battle with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a life-threatening genetic heart disease, took a toll not only on her own health, but has also plagued members of her family. She was diagnosed only three months before her brother passed away from the same disease while waiting for a heart transplant. Throughout her multi-layered and complex experience, Susan's resilience and strength have been truly unfailing. "I fought against this heart disease the only way I knew how – with my  brother's optimism, and through opportunities to educate the public about the pressing need for organ, eye and tissue donation," she says. Susan's personal fight against Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy has finally ended, thanks to one individual who registered as an organ donor. While an entirely new journey of post-transplant recovery has begun, Susan's wisdom and strength continue to grow and inspire those around her.

Contact Us

Clinical Transplant Services - Heart
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, CB569
Portland, OR 97239

Phone: 503-494-8500 or 800 452-1369 extension 48500

Fax: 503-494-5049

Patient Stories:

Vanessa Trotter

Vanessa Trotter

Duane Richards

Recipient and donor family

John Masson

Recipient 2

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