Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant

Personalized, compassionate care for weakening hearts to end-stage heart failure.

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Comprehensive care for adults with advancing heart failure.

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Innovators in Personalized Heart Failure Care

Our academic cardiologists are researchers dedicated to improving techniques for the initial diagnosis of heart failure to the need for heart transplant.

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Advanced Medical and Surgical Treatment Options

Our cardiac surgeons specialize in the implantation of all the leading implantable devices and access for bridge-to-transplant and destination treatments.

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Leaders in Heart Transplantation

Our cardiac transplant program is among the top volumes in the country. With over 1,000 transplants performed to date, we have the experience to provide long term success of your new heart.

Common conditions and symptoms treated

  • Abnormal Cholesterol (Dyslipidemia)
  • Amyloidosis
  • Cardiac Cancers
  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Congenital valvular stenosis
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Transplant
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Sarcoidosis

Meet our Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Team

Dr. Cheng is the director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant program.


Richard K. Cheng, MD, MSc

Dr. Cheng is the director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant program.

Dr. Thomas is director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support program.


Sunu S. Thomas, MD

Dr. Thomas is the director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support program.

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Elina Minami

Dr. Minami is an advanced heart failure specialist researching cardiac repair through stem-cell therapies.

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The Advanced Heart Failure Team

Our advanced heart failure specialists have the in-depth understanding and expertise required to provide the right care.

Common procedure and treatments performed

  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Endomyocardial Biopsies
  • Heart Transplantation
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) Optimization
  • Medical Management of Advanced Heart Failure
  • Medical Management of Heart Transplant
  • Medical Management of Left Ventricular Devices (LVAD)
  • Total Artificial Heart
  • Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)