Heart Center Heart Transplant

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Heart Transplant

The Heart Failure and Transplant Program team is part of the Ward Family Heart Center at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. This multidisciplinary team provides care for pediatric patients in various stages of heart failure, patients who are preparing for heart transplant or patients who have undergone heart transplant. Integral to the program, Children’s Mercy also offers ventricular assist devices (VADs), critical to support pediatric heart transplant patients as they wait for a new heart.



Pediatric Heart Conditions Treated

Heart transplants are offered when no other medical or surgical options are available to fix a failing heart without serious risk. A child may need a heart transplant for several reasons, including:

  • Cardiomyopathy (weak heart muscles)
  • Congenital heart disease (heart disease a child is born with)
  • Continued heart problems following surgery for a congenital heart disease, such as the heart not working properly or the valves being too leaky
  • Life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms that cannot be controlled any other way. 

Heart Transplant Outcomes

Heart Transplant Graft Survival

Heart Transplant Patient Survival

Program Highlights

  • Our experienced team of surgeons, cardiologists, nurses and coordinators are specially trained in pediatric heart transplant care.
  • Patients and families benefit from a highly experienced team.
  • Our care team includes a full range of support services to meet the needs of every patient and their family members.
  • Part of the Ward Family Heart Center, ranked as one of the top cardiology and heart surgery programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

Our Team

The Heart Transplant Program at Children’s Mercy Kansas City is made up of a multidisciplinary team including:
  • Cardiac surgeons
  • Cardiologists
  • Advance practice nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Transplant pharmacists
  • Transplant coordinators
  • Nutritionists
  • Financial coordinators
  • Social workers
  • Spiritual services
  • Child-life specialists

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