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Yale New Haven Hospital performs record number of heart transplants in 2018

Monday, February 11, 2019

100 percent survival rate 30 days post-surgery

New Haven, CT (Feb. 11, 2019) – In celebration of Heart Month, Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) today announced that it surpassed the number of heart transplants performed statewide in one year.

Yale New Haven Hospital performed 30 adult heart transplants in 2018. This sets a new record for Connecticut, surpassing the previous mark of 21. In addition, YNHH achieved a 100 percent survival rate for heart transplant recipients at 30 days post-surgery. Heart transplants at YNHH increased 114 percent from 2017 to 2018.

Yale New Haven Transplantation Center represents a collaboration of specialized teams for heart, kidney and liver transplants. Heart transplants are performed by cardiac surgeons supported by patient care teams that include cardiologists, nephrologists, nurses and transplant coordinators. In 2018, Ayyaz Ali, MB ChB, associate professor, Cardiac Surgery, Yale School of Medicine (YSM) was recruited as the YNHH surgical director of the Advanced Heart Failure, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program. Dr. Ali along with YNHH heart surgeons Pramod Bonde, MD, associate professor, Cardiac Surgery, YSM, and Arnar Geirsson, MD, chief of Cardiac Surgery, YNHH, associate professor, Cardiac Surgery, YSM, performed the heart transplants at Yale New Haven Hospital in 2018.

The YNHH heart transplant program works closely with Yale Medicine’s Comprehensive Heart Failure Program, part of the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center (HVC). The Heart and Vascular Center is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of experts in cardiovascular medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiothoracic surgery, heart failure, peripheral vascular treatments, cardiovascular imaging, and vascular surgery.

This achievement is the result of a tremendous amount of dedication and hard work by heart failure surgeons, cardiologists and intensivists,” said Dr. Geirsson. “Equally as important were the dedicated staff of advanced practice providers, nurses in the intensive care units, support staff, and transplant coordinators with full support from the administration of the Heart and Vascular Center at YNHH.”

Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), part of Yale New Haven Health, is a nationally recognized, 1,541-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine (YSM). Founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826, today, YNHH has two New Haven-based campuses, and also includes Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH has received Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence. YNHH has a combined medical staff of about 4,500 university and community physicians practicing in more than 100 specialties.