Pediatric Heart Transplant
Vanderbilt Health is one of the top heart transplant programs in the world, providing patients with outstanding outcomes and access to innovative new research and treatments. Our pediatric heart transplant program is part of our cardiac surgery program and Vanderbilt Transplant Center, which offer medical and surgical treatments for children with all types of congenital heart defects and acquired heart diseases.
As a leader in adult and pediatric transplantation, we provide world-class expertise and a seamless transition as your child reaches adulthood. We’re at the forefront of pediatric research and education, giving your child access to treatments and trials that might not be available at other medical centers.
By pioneering new approaches like single ventricle mechanical circulatory support, we serve more patients, including those at high risk who may not be candidates for transplantation at other medical centers.
Meet Your Care Team
We are here to support your child through every step of their transplant journey. This includes a comprehensive team of physicians, advanced practice nurses, pharmacists, transplant coordinators, transplant psychologist, financial counselors, child life specialists, social workers and nutrition experts.
- Cardio-Oncology, Cardiovascular Medicine, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Heart
- Adult Congenital Heart and Valve Disease, Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Heart Transplant, Pediatric Surgery
- Complex Single Ventricle Conditions, Congenital Neonatal, Infant and Pediatric Heart Conditions, ECMO and Critical Care, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Heart, Pediatric Heart Transplant
Why Choose the Heart Transplant Program at Monroe Carell
- Knowledge and experience
Vanderbilt Health is one of the top heart transplant programs in the world, both in volume and quality outcomes. We are recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a nationally ranked Children’s Hospital and heart team. This gives your child access to the nation’s most recognized heart surgeons and specialists who can perform the most complex transplant operations, including specialized dual organ transplants.
- Team approach
We know our smallest patients require a dedicated team of specialists as knowledgeable as they are comforting in their approach to pediatric care. Our team members collaborate with experts in other medical specialties like cardiology, cardiac surgery, critical care, psychology, pharmacy, social work, nutrition and child life to provide your child with personalized care that addresses their unique needs.
- Innovative research
Our doctors and surgeons are at the forefront of pediatric research and education. Our nationally recognized researchers are committed to finding new ways to better understand, treat and ultimately prevent childhood diseases and maximize child health.
- Follow-up care
Children who receive a transplant at Monroe Carell receive follow-up care throughout their lives. Studies show that patients have fewer complications and better outcomes when families work closely with a post-transplant medical team.
- VAD and ECMO
We are experienced in the implantation of ventricular assist devices as a bridge to transplant, and are a national leader in implants for neonates and complex congenital heart disease. Our ECMO program has been serving patients for nearly 34 years. It is the first and largest in Middle Tennessee and one of the largest in the nation, serving about 200 pediatric and adult patients per year. The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) awarded our program platinum, their highest honor.
- Better recoveries
The noninvasive tests we use, such as echocardiograms and cardiac MRI, are better at pinpointing heart problems. They hurt less, have less health consequences and reduce your and your child's stress. We don't routinely use steroids to maintain immune system suppression. Instead, we use newer medications that cause fewer side effects and that children recover faster and stay healthy longer.