Heart Transplant Center

Just one year after its beginning, the Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute became one of only a handful of transplant hospitals in the nation to perform a human heart transplant. The same year, Dr. Zuhdi performed Oklahoma's first piggyback heart transplant – implanting two hearts in one chest. At the time, only five such procedures had been performed in the US.

With the addition of the INTEGRIS Advanced Cardiac Care program under the leadership of James W. Long, M.D., Ph.D., our team has achieved respect across the US, with revolutionary procedures including America's first implantation of the Levacor Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), and the implantation of the first total artificial heart in Oklahoma.


Tim Stone received a heart transplant at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oct. 2015.
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Heart Transplant One Year Survival Rates
Released July 2017

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CMS Outcome Requirements Are Being Met By Our Program Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR).

We now offer online organ transplant referral forms.

Why Heart Transplant Patients Choose INTEGRIS

As well as a rich heritage and an enviable track record, the heart transplant center at the Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute in Oklahoma City has one of the largest and most experienced transplant teams in the US. We receive referrals for patients seeking heart transplants from physicians across the country and our dedicated transplant intensive care unit has a full-time transplant/critical care specialist who manages the patients 24 hours a day.

Protecting and Transplanting Hearts

Cardiovascular disease remains the #1 killer in the U.S., claiming more lives than other major causes of death. Oklahoma ranks second in America with the highest death rate for total cardiovascular disease - the combination of coronary heart disease and stroke.

The INTEGRIS Heart Hospital and the Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute in Oklahoma City are dedicated to saving lives by combating one of America's most deadly killers by combining expert cardiology with world class heart transplants.

The Heart Transplant Procedure

Before The Heart Transplant

Eligibility for a heart transplant at the Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute is determined by a heart transplant team including a transplant surgeon, transplant cardiologist, one or more transplant nurses, a social worker, and a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Once you have been accepted as a transplant candidate, you will be placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) list. Heart recipients are selected based on the severity of their condition and their blood type. When your donor heart is received you will be notified and told to come to the hospital immediately so you can be prepared for the transplant. Find out more about our pre-heart transplant process.

During The Heart Transplant

Heart transplant procedures will vary depending on your condition and your physician's practices, but all heart transplants require a stay in the hospital. Find out more about our heart transplant process.

After The Heart Transplant After heart transplant surgery patients may be taken to the recovery room or the intensive care unit (ICU) to be closely monitored for several days. They are connected to monitors that constantly display electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) tracing, blood pressure, other pressure readings, breathing rate, and oxygen levels. Heart transplant surgery requires an in-hospital stay of seven to 14 days, or longer. Find out more about our post-heart transplant process.

Preventing Rejection To fight rejection and allow the transplanted heart to survive in your body, you will be given medications for the rest of your life. Find out more about preventing heart transplant rejection.

    Heart transplant patients are referred to us from across the US, especially from surrounding states including: Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri, Nebraska and Louisiana.

    More Information On Our Heart Transplant Surgery Program

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