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Heart Transplantation


Since completing our first heart transplant in 1986, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has been the only adult heart transplant center in central Ohio. At Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, we focus on the physical, psychological, emotional and social needs of patients with end-stage heart disease through transplantation and posttransplant care.

Our team of researchers was among the first in the nation to evaluate the use of cyclosporine, a drug that suppresses the immune system and dramatically improves the success of organ transplantation. Our research teams are currently studying new methods to lengthen the amount of time a heart remains viable for transplantation, and are constantly exploring new ways to improve the transplant experience for patients.

Heart Transplant  Program Referral
Your own cardiologist will make a referral for you to be evaluated for transplantation appropriateness at Ohio State’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital. Learn more about other steps in the referral process

Who Can Be a Candidate for a Heart Transplant
Several diseases may cause heart failure resulting in the need for a heart transplant. Some of these diseases and conditions include: Congenital heart defects, Ischemic Cardiomyopathy,
Non-ischemic Cardiomyopathy (i.e. Viral, idiopathic, hypertrophic, etc), Post Partum Cardiomyopathy, Malignant Arrhythmias and Intractable Angina.

Why Candidates Can Be Ruled Out
Screenings before transplant ensure that you are in good medical and psychological health and that you have the motivation and support to comply with treatment plans. Some conditions that may prevent a heart transplant from being performed include: kidney, lung or liver disease; insulin-dependent diabetes with poor function of other organs and other types of blood vessel disease of the neck and leg. All patients must meet the chemical dependency requirements of the State of Ohio Solid Organ Transplant Consortium.

The Gift of Life
Replacement hearts come from deceased donors. If you wish to receive a heart transplant and the Comprehensive Transplant Center team determines that you are an appropriate candidate for the procedure, you will be placed on a waiting list until a compatible organ becomes available. The CTC partners with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement to find donors for patients. For more information, please see the Patient Journey.

More Information
Please take a look at the following links to learn more about heart transplants and the patient experience at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center:

For more information about heart transplantation, please call or write to the heart transplant office:

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Heart Transplant Office
452 W. 10th Ave. Suite 5216
Columbus OH 43210
(614) 293-3787 or
(800) 538-1886​​