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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.
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
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology; Cardiovascular Disease