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Our Program

Doctors affiliated with the Center for Advanced Heart Failure at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center performed the facility’s first heart transplant in October, 2012.  Since then, it has become one of the fastest-growing transplant programs in the United States – completing more heart transplants than any other hospital in Houston.  Certified by both the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Institute strictly adheres to the ethical standards established by these two organizations.

Detailed current data about the program is available from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

Why Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular-Texas Medical Center?

The Heart & Vascular Institute at the Texas Medical Center is known for innovation leading to outstanding outcomes. From isolating the genetic origins of life-threatening thoracic aortic aneurysms to advanced imaging technology that allows cardiologists to detect heart disease early enough to reverse it, The Institute’s groundbreaking accomplishments put it among the leading heart programs in the world.

Backed by a commitment to excellence in care and research, the Institute’s role as the primary teaching facility for the cardiology, and cardiothoracic and vascular surgery programs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School ensures patients access to cutting-edge programs and technology.

The Heart  Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center has earned the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Achievement award from the American Heart Association and is an accredited Chest Pain Center, recognized by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) for the quality of care provided to patients. 

The Heart Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center was the first hospital in Houston to:

  • Implant a transcatheter heart valve – allowing for replacement of a diseased aortic valve without open heart surgery
  • Perform minimally invasive surgery to correct atrial fibrillation
  • Give patients clot-dissolving drugs to stop heart attacks

The first hospital in Texas to:

  • Perform cardiac catheterization surgery
  • Offer cardiac risk screening designed specifically for women

And the first hospital in the world to show that heart disease can be reversed:

  • Heart Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center is home of the Weatherhead PET Center — the first-ever institution dedicated to preventing and reversing coronary heart disease.