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History of program

Established in 1982, the Heart Transplant Program at the Texas Heart® Institute at CHI St. Luke's Health - Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is one of the most experienced, successful programs in the world.  Our surgeons have performed more than 1,100 transplant procedures.  The key to the program’s success is an experienced, highly skilled transplant team that includes surgeons, cardiologists, transplant coordinators, staff nurses, operating room personnel, social workers, dieticians, rehabilitation specialists, and many other professionals.

In 1968, Denton A. Cooley and his team performed the first heart transplant in the United States and implanted the first artificial heart at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center. Learn more about the CHI St. Luke's Health - Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center Cooley Transplant Center.

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