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Heart Transplantation


The Department of Transplantation Services

Heart Transplantation

The UCLA transplant programs have maintained a remarkably cohesive surgical, medical and support staff, which forms an experienced and committed team to face the challenges of organ transplantation. Physicians in many subspecialties act as consultants to the transplant programs, and their breadth of experience enhances the clinical success of all of the transplant programs at UCLA.

Heart transplantation was introduced as a clinical procedure over 30 years ago.  Since that time, the number of heart transplants performed yearly in the United States has increased to an annual rate of well over 2,300.   The procedure is now widely recognized as an effective therapeutic option for the treatment of end-stage heart disease.

Dr. Hillel Laks, an internationally renowned adult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, began UCLA's program in 1984. Since the inception of the program, over 1,800 patients have undergone this life-saving procedure. The development of effective immunosuppressive drugs and the refinement of surgical procedures have led to remarkable improvements in the long-term success of heart transplantation.

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) provides a toll-free patient services lines to help transplant candidates, recipients, and family members understand organ allocation practices and  transplantation data. You may also call this number to discuss problems you may be experiencing with your transplant center or the transplantation system in general. The toll-free patient services line number is 1-888-894-6361.

Telephone Number
(310) 825-8816 Adult Heart Transplant/Cardiomyopathy information
(310) 825-6068 Pediatric Heart Transplant information

Director Specialty
Ardehali, Abbas MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Transplant Surgery

Alejos, Juan Carlos MD Pediatric Cardiology
Baas, Arnold MD Cardiology / Cardiovascular Disease
Biniwale, Reshma MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Pediatric Cardiology
Cruz, Daniel MD Cardiology / Cardiovascular Disease
Deng, Mario MD Cardiology / Cardiovascular Disease
DePasquale, Eugene C MD Cardiology / Cardiovascular Disease
Fonarow, Gregg MD Cardiology / Cardiovascular Disease
Halnon, Nancy MD Pediatric Cardiology
Horwich, Tamara Beth MD Cardiology / Cardiovascular Disease; General Internal Medicine
Hunter, Curtis MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Transplant Surgery
Kean, Allison MD Cardiology / Cardiovascular Disease
Kwon, Murray MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Transplant Surgery
Laks, Hillel MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Transplant Surgery
Perens, Gregory MD Pediatric Cardiology
Reemtsen, Brian MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Transplant Surgery
Shemin, Richard MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Transplant Surgery

Medical Director, Pediatric Heart Transplant: Dr. Juan Alejos
Surgical Director, Pediatric Heart Transplant: Dr. Brian Reemtsen