Heart Transplantation

A heart transplant removes a damaged or diseased heart and replaces it with a healthy one. 

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Clinical Nutrition

The Division of Clinical Nutrition at Tufts Medical Center provides inpatient and outpatient nutritional services.
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Heart Failure + Cardiac Transplant Center

Our Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Center has some of the most experienced physicians in the nation. Request an appointment with one of our specialists today.
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Doctors + Care Team

Marvin A. Konstam, MD

Marvin A. Konstam, MD

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Accepting New Patients

Virtual Appointments Available

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

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Title(s): Chief, Division of Cardiology; Director, Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3186
Fax #: 617-636-7175

Cardiac imaging, heart failure

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Frederick  Y. Chen, MD, PhD

Frederick Y. Chen, MD, PhD

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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

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Title(s): Director, HF Network Development; 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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Gaurav Gulati, MD, MS

Gaurav Gulati, MD, MS

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Title(s): Cardiologist; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant
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Heart failure, heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices, cardiogenic shock

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

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

Accepting New Patients

Title(s): Executive Director, The CardioVascular Center for Research and Innovation (CVCRI); Director, Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support Program; Director, Interventional Research Laboratories; Director of Cardiac Biology Research Center, 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

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Accepting New Patients

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Title(s): Associate Chief, Division of Cardiology; Medical Director, VAD 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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Alan T. Kono, MD

Alan T. Kono, MD

Accepting New Patients

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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Ayan R. Patel, MD

Ayan R. Patel, MD

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Title(s): Director, Cardiovascular Imaging and Hemodynamic Laboratory; Director, Cardiac Amyloidosis Program; Director, Women's Heart Center; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, CardioVascular Center, Cardiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2273
Fax #: 617-636-5913

Echocardiography, heart failure, women's heart disease, cardiac amyloidosis

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David M. Venesy, MD

David M. Venesy, MD

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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

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Accepting New Patients

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

Cardiology, heart failure, cardiomyopathies (including cardiac amyloidosis, sarcoidosis) heart transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, pregnancy and heart disease (including peripartum cardiomyopathy)

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Research + Clinical Trials


OCS Heart Perfusion Post- Approval Registry

Multi-center, observational post-approval registry to compare patient and graft survival of adult primary heart transplant recipients receiving DBD donor hearts perfused and assessed on the OCS Heart System compared to adult recipients of DBD donor hearts preserved using ischemic cold storage hearts (Control) at the same Registry centers over the same time period. The objective of this post-approval registry is to provide additional real-world evidence of the performance of the OCS Heart System to preserve DBD donor hearts.
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Sex-based differences in immune response in solid organ transplant recipients

This study is designed to find out whether there is a difference between how men and women respond to infections or vaccines following heart transplantation. We are recruiting men and women undergoing heart transplantation to participate by providing three blood samples over the course of about six months (taken in the same time and place as usual blood draws used for clinical purposes). We will use these samples to test levels of cells and proteins that are used fight infection and will compare these levels between male and female patients. In addition, we will gather information over the course of the first six post-transplant months about any infections or episodes of heart transplant rejection that you may experience. The point of the study is to identify if there could be different strategies used to prevent or treat infection in male versus female transplant recipients.
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