About Our Heart Transplant Program

The Beth Israel Lahey Health Heart Transplant Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center provides patients access to comprehensive, life-saving care.


The BILH Heart Transplant Program at BIDMC brings together an experienced team who are experts in all aspects of heart transplantation. Surgical Director Masashi Kai, MD, has performed over 300 heart transplants with outstanding results over the last decade. Dr. Kai works closely with the entire group of Heart Failure and Transplant Specialists at Beth Israel Lahey Health, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers, and others.

Designed for optimal patient experience, the new Klarman Building at BIDMC is home to the Heart Transplant Program. The building has single-bed, family-friendly patient rooms and leading-edge technology. Patients receive around-the-clock medical care.

Requesting a Heart Transplant Evaluation

Our team offers a comprehensive evaluation to determine the best plan of care. Patients work with a transplant coordinator to schedule tests and specialist visits as a part of this process.

Call 617-632-8628

Receiving a Donor Heart

Once you have been accepted as a transplant candidate, you will be placed on a waiting list maintained by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a federal government contractor for the Organ Procurement Transplantation Network (OPTN) which oversees organ donation throughout the country.

Heart transplant centers in New England work with the New England Organ Bank (NEOB) and other organ procurement organizations to find a donor who matches the recipient’s requirements, such as similar age and matching blood type. The availability of organs is based on a priority system that considers medical urgency, time on the waiting list, and blood type compatibility. Learn more about the adult heart allocation system.

About Our Program

Hear from our experienced team about the BILH Heart Transplant Program at BIDMC.

Meet the Team

Lisa Fleming, MD, MPH

Lisa Fleming, MD, MPH

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology; Cardiovascular Disease

Philip Formica, MD

Philip Formica, MD

Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Program; Cardiology

Amy French, MD

Amy French, MD

Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Program; Cardiology

A. Reshad Garan, MD

Arthur Reshad Garan, MD

Director, Advanced Heart Failure Program; Co-Director, HCM Clinic; Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology; Cardiovascular Disease; Internal Medicine

Edward Wilson Grandin, MD, MPH

Medical Director, ECMO & Temporary Mechanical Circulatory Support; Advanced Heart Failure; Transplant Cardiology

Jennifer Ho, MD

Jennifer Ho, MD

Director, Research in Cardiovascular Medicine; Advanced Heart Failure; Transplant Cardiology

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Megan Krajewski, MD

Anesthesiology; Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine

Masashi Kai, MD

Masashi Kai, MD

Surgical Director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support; Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

Feroze Mahmood, MD

Director, Cardiac Anesthesia; Director, Perioperative Echocardiography; Anesthesiology

Pablo Quintero Pinzon, MD

Pablo Quintero Pinzon, MD

Medical Director, Heart Transplant Program; Director, Latinx Clinic; Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology; Cardiovascular Disease

Mark J. Robitaille, MD

Mark J. Robitaille, MD

Associate Program Director, Anesthesia Residency; Clinical Floor Manager, East and West Campus; Anesthesiology

Marwa Sabe, MD, MPH

Marwa Sabe, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Advanced Heart Failure Program; Medical Director, VAD Program, Co-Director, Sarcoid Center; Cardiology; Advanced Heart Failure

Todd Sarge, MD

Vice Chair, Critical Care Medicine; Anesthesiology

Shahzad Shaefi, MD

Shahzad Shaefi, MD, MPH

Vice Chair, Professional Affairs; Anesthesiology

Sachin Shah, MD, MBA

Sachin Shah, MD, MBA

Vice Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure Program; Cardiology

Roy Sriwattanakomen, MD

Roy Sriwattanakomen, MD

Advanced Heart Failure; Transplant Cardiology

David Venesy, MD

David Venesy, MD

Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Program, LHMC; Cardiology