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CardioVascular Center

Heart Failure + Cardiac Transplant Center

Giving people suffering from heart failure a renewed lease on life

At the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, more patients leave our center every year with new hearts and a renewed lease on life than any other program in New England. Within our CardioVascular Center, you will find some of the top cardiology specialists in the nation in the areas of heart failure, cardiac transplant and mechanical cardiac assist. 

We performed our first heart transplant in 1985, and in 2016, we performed 56 heart transplants, more than we have ever done in a year. In late August, a 24-year-old man from Providence, Rhode Island became the 38th heart transplant recipient at Tufts MC in 2016, making Tufts MC the first hospital in New England to perform that many procedures in one year. The previous New England heart transplant record at a single center in one calendar year was 37, performed by Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1991. Our team is also recognized as a leader in the implantation of ventricular assist devices (VADs). 

Our outcomes following heart transplants and ventricular assist device implants are among the best in the country. At our center, you will be treated by some of the most experienced physicians in their fields, including: 

Leadership in research and education leads to outstanding care

Our researchers are continually investigating novel approaches to treating patients with the entire range of cardiac problems, from asymptomatic cardiac dysfunction to end-stage heart failure. In fact, our doctors helped develop the national guidelines for the care of heart failure patients. And we continually offer clinical research trials to explore new treatments and procedures.

Members of our teaching faculty were instrumental in officially launching the field of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology. Our program recently became one of approximately 25 centers nationwide to be accredited as a training program in this new and highly specialized field.

How we treat you

You will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced cardiology specialists, who will get to know all your medical needs and you as an individual. By getting to know you and your family well, we can tailor a highly personalized treatment plan and provide the assistance and encouragement you and your family need, both medically and emotionally.

In addition to our specialists, our team of nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and dieticians will provide you with a high level of support and personal attention.

Working closely with your doctor

We collaborate with a network of cardiovascular specialists throughout New England and Upstate New York. Additionally, we prioritize working closely with your primary care doctor and cardiologist to chart the best diagnostic and treatment strategy for you over the long-term, helping you to receive exceptional and continuous care close to your home.

In order to provide more information on heart failure and transplantation, we have included a helpful video for patients and their families below.

HeartWare Ventricular Assist System

The HeartWare Ventricular Assist System is a small centrifugal pump used for mechanical circulatory support in patients with advanced congestive heart failure.

Marvin A. Konstam, MD

Marvin A. Konstam, MD

Title(s): Chief Physician Executive, The CardioVascular Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6293
Fax #: 617-636-7667

Heart failure, cardiac transplant

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James E. Udelson, MD

James E. Udelson, MD

Title(s): Chief, Division of Cardiology; Director, Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8066
Fax #: 617-636-7175

Cardiac imaging, heart failure

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Frederick  Y. Chen, MD, PhD

Frederick Y. Chen, MD, PhD

Title(s): Chief, Cardiac Surgery; Professor of Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5590
Fax #: 617-636-6410

Surgical treatment of acquired heart disease, surgical repair of valvular heart disease, minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmia surgery, heart transplantation, circulatory assist devices, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)

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David DeNofrio, MD

David DeNofrio, MD

Title(s): Director, Advanced Heart Failure Program; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Heart failure, cardiac transplantation

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Edward W. Grandin, MD, MPH, MEd

Edward W. Grandin, MD, MPH, MEd

Title(s): Cardiologist
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Heart failure

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Navin K. Kapur, MD, FAHA, FACC, FSCAI

Navin K. Kapur, MD, FAHA, FACC, FSCAI

Title(s): Executive Director, The CardioVascular Center for Research and Innovation (CVCRI); Director, Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support Program; Director, Interventional Research Laboratories; Investigator, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI); Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8252
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure, mechanical circulatory support

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Michael S. Kiernan, MD, MSc

Michael S. Kiernan, MD, MSc

Title(s): Director, Ventricular Assist Device Program; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Heart failure, cardiac transplantation, ventricular assist devices

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Robb Kociol, MD

Robb Kociol, MD

Title(s): Cardiologist
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Advanced heart failure, cardiac transplant, mechanical circulation support

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Alan T. Kono, MD

Alan T. Kono, MD

Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Heart failure

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Daniel Levine, MD

Daniel Levine, MD

Title(s): Cardiologist
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Heart failure, coronary artery disease

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Ayan R. Patel, MD

Ayan R. Patel, MD

Title(s): Director, Cardiovascular Imaging and Hemodynamic Laboratory; Director, Women's Heart Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-8070

Echocardiography, heart failure, women's heart disease

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Richard D. Patten, MD

Richard D. Patten, MD

Title(s): Cardiologist
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Heart failure

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Hassan Rastegar, MD

Hassan Rastegar, MD

Title(s): Senior Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5590
Fax #: 617-636-6410

Surgical treatment of acquired heart disease, surgical repair of valvular heart disease, surgical repair of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmia surgery, heart transplantation, circulatory assist devices

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Marwa A. Sabe, MD

Marwa A. Sabe, MD

Title(s): Cardiologist
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Heart failure

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Jeffrey Shih, MD

Jeffrey Shih, MD

Title(s): Cardiologist
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Cardiology, heart failure

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Jenica Upshaw, MD

Jenica Upshaw, MD

Title(s): Medical Director, Cardio-Oncology Program; Attending Physician, Advanced Heart Failure; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Cardio-oncology, heart failure

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David M. Venesy, MD

David M. Venesy, MD

Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-7175

Heart failure

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Amanda Vest, MBBS, MPH

Amanda Vest, MBBS, MPH

Title(s): Associate Medical Director, Cardiac Transplantation Program; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Cardiology, heart failure, heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support

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Kenneth G. Warner, MD

Kenneth G. Warner, MD

Title(s): Senior Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5590
Fax #: 617-636-6410

Surgical management of adult and pediatric heart disease, heart transplantation

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Rayan Yousefzai, MD

Rayan Yousefzai, MD

Title(s): Cardiologist
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8068
Fax #: 617-636-6030

Heart failure

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Yong  Zhan, MD

Yong Zhan, MD

Title(s): Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5590
Fax #: 617-636-6410

Surgical treatment of acquired heart disease, surgical repair of valvular heart disease minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmia surgery, heart transplantation, circulatory assist devices

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