The development of UCSD's comprehensive pediatric and adult heart and lung transplantation program began in 1989 under the direction of Dr. Stuart W. Jamieson, an internationally acclaimed cardiothoracic surgeon. In July 1989, Dr. Jamieson and members of the cardiothoracic surgical faculty from the University of Minnesota relocated to San Diego and developed the UCSD Heart and Lung Transplant Program.
The development of the UCSD Heart and Lung Transplantation Program began with the first heart transplant procedure in February 1990 and has become the best and the busiest lung transplant center in California. By April 26, 2004 the UCSD program's experience included 146 heart and 266 lung transplant procedures with results that lead the field. To compare UCSD's survival data with other centers please visit the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) website.
Our transplant team includes an experienced core group of cardiothoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, and cardiologists supported by the heart and lung transplant nurse coordinators, transplant social worker, pharmacist and dietician.
The UCSD Heart and Lung Transplantation program received HCFA Medicare certification for heart transplantation in March 1994 and Medicare certification for heart-lung and lung transplantation in February 1995. In June 1994, UCSD became a Medi-Cal approved center for adult heart, heart-lung, and lung transplantation.
For more information, please contact:
Director, Heart and Lung Transplantation
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
UCSD Medical Center
200 West Arbor Drive, #8892
San Diego, CA 92103