For Medical Professionals

The Heart Transplant Program at the Smidt Heart Institute welcomes referrals from outside physicians who are seeking to provide care to their patients in need of a heart transplant. Our goal is to work alongside referring physicians from throughout the world to enhance their patients’ care through the services we provide, including enrolling eligible patients into heart transplant-related clinical trials.

To reach the Heart Transplant Program, please see the Contact Us page.


To review publications from physicians and researchers of the Heart Transplant Program, please visit PubMed.

Grand Rounds and Conferences

The Heart Transplant Program hosts and sponsors conferences and symposiums each year that focus on heart transplant nursing, current trends in heart transplantation, donor heart selection, transplant management and mechanical circulatory support.

For more information on heart transplant-related symposiums and conferences, please see the Contact Us page.

Fellowship and Training Programs

The Heart Transplant Program offers practical insights into, and training for, the treatment for advanced heart failure cases through its Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship. The one-year clinical fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and offers specialized education in the pathophysiology and treatment of heart failure and mechanical circulatory support.

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation training includes:

  • Management of heart failure patients with the entire clinical spectrum of drug refractory heart failure, from ambulatory to severe
  • Candidate selection for heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support
  • Donor evaluation and management
  • Physiology of the transplanted heart, immunosuppression, immediate postoperative care, and long-term care, including management of post-transplant complications
  • Pulmonary artery catheterization and endomyocardial biopsies

For more information about our fellowships, applications and deadlines, please contact our Xenia Lovrekovic-Delic, academic program coordinator via email at

The Heart Institute also offers postdoctoral training through for its postdoctoral candidates. To learn more, please see Heart Institute NIH T32 Funded Training Program for Postdoctoral Research.