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Tufts Medical Center recognized as New England leader in heart transplants


It takes a lot of moving pieces to successfully perform 22 heart transplants at a major academic medical center

Boston, MA – Tufts Medical Center (Tufts Medical Center) performed 22 heart transplants in 2007 – more than any other medical center in the New England.

“We are thrilled with the work of our Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Center,” said Ellen Zane, Chief Executive Officer, Tufts Medical Center. “The team has taken our transplant center to new heights and continues its commitment to excellence.”

The transplant statistics were compiled by the Boston Center for Heart Transplantation, a consortium of four academic medical centers: Tufts Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Children's Hospital. Tufts Medical Center’s Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Center, led by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, physicians, nurses, administrators and social workers, is the largest in the region measured both by the number of transplants performed and the number of patients on the transplant waiting list. The center is unique in its ability to partner with other heart failure programs in the region.  Surgeons and cardiologists work closely with cardiologists and primary care doctors throughout the region to coordinate care and optimize patient function and lifestyle. Patients come from every area of New England, as well as Upstate New York.

“This is an absolutely terrific accomplishment for our entire Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant program,” said James Udelson, MD, Acting Chief of Tufts Medical Center’s Cardiology Division. “Dr. David DeNofrio and his team of heart failure prevention and treatment specialists, working collaboratively with our CT surgeons led by Dr. Ken Warner have nurtured and built our program into the largest and best in the region. We are all delighted.”

Tufts Medical Center’s Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Center has pioneered innovative inpatient and outpatient therapies for patients with heart failure for more than 20 years. The Center performed its first transplant in 1985. Transplantation is offered to eligible patients after evaluation has been done recognizing the procedure as the best option for the patient. Tufts Medical Center works closely with the patient’s local heart failure program to ensure the patient is well cared for and as comfortable as possible.

“We are extremely proud to be the leader in heart transplantation in Boston, the city that leads the world in medical care,” said David DeNofrio, MD, Medical Director of Heart Failure Cardiac Transplantation Program. “The fact that we had the highest volume of transplants in the region last year is an enormous accomplishment for our program.”

Only a few years ago, the Tufts Medical Center center was third in the region in the number of heart transplants performed annually.


About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit

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