More than 3,800 people in the US are on the waiting list for a heart transplant. Many others facing advanced heart failure don’t know that a life-saving heart transplant is an option. No one should have to travel far for necessary medical treatment. That’s why we’re pioneering new techniques and developing one-of-a-kind programs – like heart transplant – to serve West Virginians and others across our region.
With the addition of heart transplant, the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute builds on a legacy of achievements and firsts. These include:
- The first in West Virginia to successfully implant the life-saving heart pump known as a left ventricular assist device.
- The only center in West Virginia to offer both oral and intravenous therapies for pulmonary arterial hypertension.
- The state’s only dedicated cardio-oncology program, which provides specialized care to those with cancer and established cardiovascular disease.
- One of 16 national sites of excellence to offer the CardioMEMS™ HF system, the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring system.
- Recognized for excellence in heart failure care with the Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Care Designed for You
Heart transplant is one of many treatment options available to patients diagnosed with advanced heart failure. Depending on your condition, other treatments and therapies may be recommended. These treatments range from medications and lifestyle changes to implanted devices that help the heart pump.
Becoming a Patient
Before heart transplant is recommended, patients receive a comprehensive evaluation by our Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Cardiology Support. If transplant is a potential option, patients are paired with a transplant coordinator to serve as a partner during the evaluation process. They will continue to partner with you throughout the transplant process if transplant is recommended.
During your half-day evaluation appointment, you and your loved ones will meet our transplant team, including a transplant cardiologist, transplant surgeon, transplant coordinator, pharmacist, dietitian, social worker, and financial coordinator. Together, we’ll evaluate your health and discuss other factors that can impact transplant surgery success. Your evaluation appointment will end with blood work and a list of testing that is necessary for the evaluation process. Our team is available to assist in coordinating the recommended tests.
Patients traveling to Morgantown for their pre-transplant evaluation, or those requiring longer stays pre- or post-transplant, may benefit from the Rosenbaum Family House. The Family House provides a place for adult patients and their families to stay while receiving medical care at WVU Medicine. Our transplant social worker will work with you to make necessary referrals for stays in the Family House.
At WVU Medicine, you are part of our team. We are passionate about working with you and getting you back to living well. We’re the state’s only board-certified heart failure cardiologists working together with the most compassionate and highly trained surgeons, nurses, dietitians, transplant coordinators, advanced nurse practitioners, social workers, pharmacists, financial coordinators, and many others. You’ll never feel like you’re embarking on this journey alone.
Patient Stories and Program News
We value the collaboration of physicians across the state and throughout the region. It’s what helps us bring the best care to West Virginians and others who seek hope. To learn about heart transplantation or to refer a potential heart transplant patient, contact the WVU Medicine Transplant Alliance at 304-974-3004.
Our heart transplant program is led by medical director George Sokos, DO, director of the director of the Advanced Heart Failure Program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and associate professor of medicine at WVU School of Medicine, and Luigi Lagazzi Garros, MD, surgical director of the Advanced Heart Failure Program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and assistant professor of medicine at WVU School of Medicine.
Our team guides patients through every step of the transplant process:
Vinay Badhwar, MD
J.W.Awori Hayanga, MD
George Sokos, DO
Marco Caccamo, DO
Christopher Bianco, DO