Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center - Houston, TX

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Ever since Dr. Michael E. DeBakey performed his first heart transplant in 1968, Houston Methodist has led the way in cardiac transplants and the advancement of devices that support heart failure patients while they wait for transplantation.

As a “bridge to transplant,” left ventricle assist devices (LVADs) can help a weakened heart to pump more blood while the patient awaits a transplant.

Forty heart and heart-lung transplants were performed at Houston Methodist in 2012, and our one-year survival rate of 89.36% is the highest in our region. Also, 96.9% of our heart transplant patients rated our service as “exceptional,” a testament to the expertise of our surgeons and the compassionate care of our staff. To learn about our current transplant clinical trials, click here.

Patient stories

  • Mandi Lusby wasn’t content with just recovering from her heart/double-lung transplant—she went on to win six medals at the Transplant Games.
  • Brian Gilliam’s new heart got him back on the golf course and back into life with his family.
  • Rochelle Johnson’s quest for a healthy heart led her to Houston Methodist; now she enjoys every minute of her busy life with three kids.