Heart Failure and Heart-Lung Transplantation
If your child has irreparable heart or lung disease, organ transplantation offers great promise. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Heart-Lung Transplant Program is one of the largest in the world and draws upon the collaboration of a closely-knit healthcare team.
Under the leadership of Thomas Spray, MD, Surgical Director of Thoracic Organ Transplant, Joseph Rossano, MD, Medical Director, Heart Transplantation, and Samuel Goldfarb, MD, Medical Director, Lung and Heart-Lung Transplantation, our program is known both for its excellence and for its comprehensive approach to care. We have performed:
If your child is referred to us, we will evaluate him and meet with your family before your child is placed on the transplant list. Our goal is first to investigate other treatment options that could improve your child's health and quality of life. We explore medical therapies and other types of surgeries that may eliminate the need for transplantation.
Pediatric heart failure, pulmonary hypertension treatments
Among the services available to you and your child before considering transplantation:
- Therapy for mild, moderate and severe heart failure
- Diagnosis and management of primary diseases of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathies), including metabolic evaluation for mitochondrial disease (a group of disorders caused by dysfunctional mitochondria. Mitochondria supply the cells with energy), and inborn errors of metabolism (a group of genetic diseases involving disorders of metabolism)
- Pulmonary vasodilator therapy for pulmonary hypertension, including new agents such as bosentan (Tracleer®) and sildenafil (Viagra®)
- Diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization
- Aggressive anti-inflammatory therapy for myocarditis
- Conventional corrective surgery for structural congenital heart disease
Heart transplantation evaluations and referrals
If pediatric heart transplantation is being considered, please request an evaluation at Children's Hospital as early as possible by calling 267-426-9600 or sending us an e-mail at email@example.com.
If you are a physician and would like to refer a patient, please call 215-590-6051 or send an e-mail to Joseph Rossano, MD, Medical Director, Heart Transplant Program.
Lung or heart-lung transplantation evaluations and referrals
If pediatric lung or heart-lung transplantation is being considered, please request an evaluation at Children's Hospital as early as possible by calling Tara Chestnut at 267-426-0664 or sending us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a physician and would like to refer a patient, please call 215-590-0388 or send an e-mail to Samuel Goldfarb, MD, Medical Director, Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Programs.
Our transplant team
Meet our organ transplant team:
Surgical Director, Thoracic Organ Transplantation
Medical Director, Heart Transplantation
Medical Director, Lung and Heart/Lung Transplant
Associate Medical Director, Pediatric Lung Transplantation
Medical Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
- Brian Hanna, MDCM, PhD, FAAP, FACC, FRCP (C)
- Kimberly Y. Lin, MD
- Stephen Paridon, MD, FAAP, FACC
- Chitra Ravishankar, MD
- Joseph W. Rossano, MD
- Robert E. Shaddy, MD
Transplant nurse practitioners
Physical therapy, exercise physiology, and rehabilitation
- Michael G. McBride, PhD
- David Piccinni, DPT, MPT
Child Life specialists
- Kelly Conlin
- Meredith McDonough, MS, CCLS
Transplant financial counselor
For a second opinion, cardiac referral, or for more information.
To schedule an outpatient appointment.
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