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The team that specializes in second chances.

We're celebrating our Heart Transplant Program's team of nurses, staff, and physicians who have performed more than 1,450 heart transplants over the past 36 years. Thank you for giving each transplant patient another chance at life and continuing to offer hope to countless more. From the bottom of our hearts, we congratulate you on a job well done.

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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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