Why Choose Us?

Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) Transplantation Institute’s Heart Transplantation Program began in October 1984 when doctors at Loma Linda performed a baboon-heart transplant on newborn Baby Fae. Since then, LLUMC continues to strive to be a world leader in adult and infant heart transplantation by performing advanced, cutting-edge surgical procedures, taking on even the most difficult patient cases. We are also renowned for our transplant team’s ability to perform complex multi-organ transplants.

Guided by our mission “to make man whole,” LLUMC provides comprehensive patient care from evaluation through recovery all within our state-of-the-art tertiary-care facilities. Our Heart Transplant Team collaborates to develop personalized treatment plans aimed at the best possible outcomes while taking our patient’s unique medical needs into account. LLUMC also ensures patients have access to our highly respected medical specialists and maintains continuity of care and support for the rest of our patients’ lives.

Adult Heart Transplants

When other medical and surgical treatments are not enough, the LLUMC Transplantation Institute considers heart transplant as the final treatment option. LLUMC surgeons, physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, dietitians and other medical professionals are at the forefront of heart transplantation for adults with end-stage heart disease.

Our experienced Heart Transplant Team has performed hundreds of heart transplants with excellent outcomes. Fully equipped with advanced diagnostic tools and sophisticated technologies to treat heart failure, our Heart Transplant Team develops the best surgical strategy designed to improve the patients’ overall quality of life. Patients and their families experience the long-term benefits of heart transplantation along with LLUMC’s dedication toward comprehensive, compassionate care.

Pediatric Heart Transplants

The Pediatric Heart Transplant Program at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) is on the cutting-edge of pediatric heart transplantation, inspiring new techniques, discoveries and innovative standards of care. As one of the pioneers of infant heart transplantation, LLUMC Transplantation Institute will travel greater distances to recover pediatric hearts from across the continental United States and beyond. These efforts set LLUMC apart from many transplant centers.

LLUMC also leads the way in groundbreaking innovation, using new techniques to enhance survival rates, increase safety and reduce waiting periods for transplants. With extensive experience in caring for and managing pediatric patients, our multidisciplinary Pediatric Heart Transplant Team is comprised of:

  • Cardiac surgeons
  • General pediatricians
  • Pediatric cardiologists
  • Neonatologists
  • Immunologists
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Nurse coordinators
  • Transplant pharmacists
  • Social workers
  • Clinic nurses

Collaboration between our team of experts ensures that pediatric patients receive the best possible treatment for heart failure. After successful surgery, the Pediatric Heart Transplant Program facilitates continuity of care toward improving the quality of life for children and their families. Our patients stay connected to LLUMC and essentially become members of our extended family.


We demonstrate our skills and expertise through our individual transplant center data. Visit third party resources below to compare LLUMC Transplantation Institute’s Heart Transplant program with other transplant centers on a regional and national level, in categories such as wait times, transplants performed, survival rates, organ donation and recovery.

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With the accessibility of our facilities and ease of scheduling an appointment, LLUMC’s compassionate staff is dedicated to providing you with whole-person care. Our commitment to the well-being of your mind, body and spirit begins with your request for an appointment. Make an appointment by calling us toll-free at 1-800-548-3790 or locally at 909-558-4201, by filling out our online request form or by visiting our facilities today.

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