Pioneers in Heart Transplantation

The Stanford Heart Transplant Program has the accumulated wisdom of more than fifty years of research and patient care experience.

Our doctors and scientists work, collaboratively, to develop many innovations and continue to advance new techniques in transplant surgery.

Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Clinic at Boswell
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-723-5468 Getting Here
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300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-723-5468 Getting Here

Our Doctors

Care and Treatment

An International Reputation for Cardiac Excellence

Stanford is recognized worldwide as a pioneering center for heart transplants. Dr. Norman Shumway and his colleagues developed the experimental basis for transplants in their early work, which then paved the way for the first adult heart transplant in the U.S. at Stanford in 1968. To date, our medical teams have performed more than 1,200 heart transplants.

Our multidisciplinary program includes:

  • Specialists in heart failure management and heart transplantation
  • Experts in cardiothoracic surgery
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic tests from radiologists, molecular biologists and pathologists
  • Access to new clinical trials in heart failure and heart transplantation

Innovations introduced in the transplant field from Stanford include:

  • The operative method for heart transplantation
  • The use of percutaneous, transvenous biopsy of the heart to detect rejection
  • The use of new immunosuppressive drugs, including cyclosporine, to prevent rejection
  • The first successful heart-lung transplantation procedure
  • The first successful use of a mechanical device or left ventricular assist device (LVAD) as a bridge-to-heart transplantation
  • The development of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) to detect early evidence of transplant coronary artery disease
  • The use of peripheral blood gene expression testing to identify patients at low risk for rejection, allowing doctors to safely decrease the number of biopsies performed

Approximately 40 to 50 patients undergo heart transplantation each year at Stanford. The procedures are performed in patients from newborns to adults over 60 years of age. Almost every type of end-stage heart disease has been treated here, and the Stanford team remains a leader in introducing new concepts and treatments to improve outcomes for transplant patients.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

For Patients

Your doctor may request an evaluation by a heart failure specialist, who will review your medical records and determine if additional tests are necessary.

Patients being considered for a heart transplant will be referred to the Cardiomyopathy Center. 

Self-referrals are accepted.


Bring results from prior lab tests, if requested.


Reach a transplant nurse coordinator at 650-498-9909.

International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561

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