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The pediatric heart transplant program exists within the larger cardiovascular program at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC.

The cardiovascular program, with pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery, has provided treatments that have dramatically improved survival for infants, children, teens and adults with congenital and acquired heart defects.

A Comprehensive Heart Transplant Team

The heart transplant team at Levine Children's Hospital is a multidisciplinary team of cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, infectious disease physicians, advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, radiologists, pathologists, nutritionists, transplant pharmacists and transplant coordinators combined to provide comprehensive care to our complex patients and their families.

Social workers and child life services actively support our transplant patients. Together our team offers expertise in the care of patients with end-stage heart failure, ventricular assist devices and pre- and post-transplant management. Levine Children's Hospital has an active mechanical circulatory support program for children with end-stage heart disease. Modes of support include ECMO and Ventricular Assist Devices.

Though some diseases of the heart are treated effectively with medication, transplantation offers an acceptable treatment for many forms of end-stage heart failure. However, there are certain conditions that may not be effectively treated with transplantation and there may be other reasons why a child may not be a candidate for a heart transplant. Our medical team evaluates each patient to determine the best treatment methods for the individual.

Conditions Treated

Some of the conditions most commonly leading to heart transplantation or ventricular assist device implantation in infants and children are:

  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Myocarditis
  • Congenital heart disease not amenable to surgical repair or palliation

Heart Transplantation Steps

Steps in heart transplantation Include:

  • Medical history and physical evaluation by a cardiologist
  • Transplant surgeon evaluation
  • Education with a certified clinical transplant coordinator
  • Psychosocial evaluation with a masters-prepared social worker
  • Transplant financial coordinator evaluation and counseling
  • Infectious disease evaluation
  • Right heart catheterization
  • Echocardiogram
  • Chest X-ray
  • Other testing will be ordered based on the patient's medical history
  • Heart transplant once heart becomes available
  • Hospital stay
  • Follow up transplant evaluations
  • Long term medical management of patient throughout childhood and adolescence

Heart Transplant Team

The comprehensive team of pediatric providers includes:

  • Transplant cardiac surgeons
  • Transplant cardiologists
  • Transplant coordinators
  • Pediatric intensivists
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Mid-level providers
  • Certified clinical transplant coordinators
  • Medical social workers
  • Insurance coordinators
  • Child life specialist
  • Pharmacist
  • Nutritionist
  • Chaplain

Learn More

Learn more about our heart transplant program and our expert physicians, and download our heart transplant guide (PDF).