heart transplant

Melissia Boynton speaks with a visitor a few days after her heart transplant. (photo by Kylie Avery)

A Mother’s Day to remember

Melissia Boynton got the call about 3 a.m. on Mother’s Day that her new heart was available. Immediately, her plans changed from a barbecue around the family pool to a middle-of-the-night drive to Nashville to get her new heart.

Recovery team members included, from left, Will Tucker, MD, Stephen DeVries, DMSc, PA-C, and Christopher Schwartz, RN.

VUMC team travels to Alaska to recover a donor heart

The 5,704 nautical-mile trip is the farthest VUMC has traveled for an organ. The remarkable journey illustrates how new technologies make it possible to preserve organs longer, allowing Vanderbilt to look farther for a match.

Ashton Bertel, left, and Lexi Browning were among the patients who came to the pediatric transplant transition day. (photo by Susan Urmy)

Event introduces pediatric transplant patients to their new adult transplant team providers

VUMC’s adult and pediatric heart transplant programs recently collaborated to create a pediatric transplant transition day, a new event where pediatric transplant patients meet with their new adult transplant team providers to begin the transition to those providers.

Novel device helps extend window of time to preserve hearts donated after cardiac death

In the first such procedure, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has transplanted a DCD (donation after cardiac death) heart using XVIVO Heart Assist Transport (XHAT), a novel cold organ perfusion device.

Study finds no difference in heart transplant outcomes using organs donated after circulatory death and after brain death

A Vanderbilt study found no difference in one-year survival and other outcomes among heart transplant patients who received their new organs from from donation after circulatory death and donation after brain death.

Pediatric Heart Transplant Program medical director Debra Dodd retiring

After nearly 40 years and being involved in more than 300 lifesaving transplantations at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Debra Dodd, MD, is retiring.

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