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Heart Transplant/Heart Failure Program

A heart transplant is recommended for children who have serious heart dysfunction that cannot be managed with medications or other surgeries. While we often consider heart transplantation as a last resort, our goal is for children who have received a heart transplant to regain their full strength and enjoy an excellent quality of life.


The Heart Center at Phoenix Children's is proud to provide the Valley’s only Pediatric Heart Transplant Program. Pediatric heart transplants are among the most complicated procedures and patients require a lifetime of care. A heart transplant is recommended for children who have serious heart dysfunction and cannot be managed with medications or other surgeries.

While we often consider heart transplantation as a last resort, our goal is for children who have received a heart transplant to regain their full strength and enjoy an excellent quality of life. In fact, our physicians have been leaders at developing techniques to make transplant and mechanical circulatory support safer for children with advanced heart failure.

The best technology for efficient patient care

In cooperation with engineers from Arizona State University, our team has developed techniques to produce 3-D printed models of complex congenital hearts. These models help with surgical planning, and they help families better understand their child's heart condition. We have used these techniques to model the fit for mechanical support devices, as well. Our team also has pioneered this technique to decide whether a particular donor heart would be a good fit for a patient on our heart transplant waiting list. This can make it easier for patients to get transplanted sooner and more safely.

Experts in virtual crossmatching

Our physicians have been involved in the development of virtual crossmatching. This process helps transplant centers find suitable donor organs for patients who have developed antibodies because of previous blood transfusions or surgeries. Our team includes experts in managing patients with antibody problems before and after transplant.

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