Temporary pause of our heart transplant program

Update: October 25, 2018
An external peer review of the Heart Transplant Program and Knight Cardiovascular Institute will be conducted beginning Dec. 10 by four nationally accomplished leaders in cardiovascular medicine and cardiothoracic surgery with extensive experience in program evaluations. Learn more

Frequently Asked Questions

Because patient care is our top priority, OHSU has made the difficult decision to temporarily pause our heart transplant program. We are doing everything we can to help patients who are affected by this change, including transferring them to other heart transplant programs.

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What does it mean to pause the program?

During this time, we will not accept referrals for or evaluate any new patients for transplant, accept donor hearts, implant long-term heart pumps, such as ventricular assist devices as a bridge to transplant, or perform heart transplant surgeries for patients on our waiting list. All other cardiovascular services will continue as normal, including complex heart failure care.

Why did you pause the program?

We want to provide the best care for our patients. Three of our heart failure cardiologists left OHSU this fall, which means we do not have enough specialists to provide the level of care needed for an active heart transplant program. This pause gives us a chance to partner with other health systems and to continue recruiting new heart failure specialists.

What are your plans for the program?

We are committed to rebuilding and expanding in the coming months. This includes recruiting new heart failure and heart transplant specialists to add to our team. 

OHSU has performed more than 700 heart transplants and is Oregon's only heart transplant program. We truly apologize for the pause. OHSU cares deeply about our patients and families. We made this difficult decision because excellent care for our patients at all stages of transplantation is our highest priority and responsibility. 

We will keep the public updated about the OHSU Heart Transplant Program.