|Patricia A. Sheiner, MD
Director, Transplantation Program
Transplanting an organ from
one person to another requires a level of expertise few hospitals
Hospital has been performing transplants since
performing Connecticut’s first successful kidney
heart transplants. Today, we still perform more heart
transplants than any hospital in the state, with outcomes at or above national standards..
Hospital opened its new transplant center in 2013. The center provides a
multidisciplinary approach to patient care, utilizing the talents and resources
of a broad team with many years of experience in the transplant field.
Hospital Transplant Program began in 1971 with the first kidney transplant in
Connecticut. In the early 1980’s, the cardiac program evolved and in November
1984, the first successful heart transplant operation was performed in
Connecticut at Hartford Hospital.
Transplant program was founded and developed by Dr. Henry Low. The center
is under the direction of Dr. Patricia Sheiner, Director of Transplant
Services; Dr. Jonathan A. Hammond, Surgical Director; and Dr. James E. Dougherty,
program has grown tremendously over the years. It is Medicare certified and
continues to have results at or above national standards. In addition, the
Heart Transplant Program has a full left ventricular assist device capability
and implantable heart mate capability as a bridge to transplantation.
Our goal at the Hartford Hospital Transplant Program is to provide the highest quality patient-centered care in a community setting. Our multidisciplinary approach to patient care utilizes the enormous talents and resources of a broad team. Our physicians, coordinators and nursing staff are all highly trained individuals with many years of experience in the transplant field providing pre-operative, peri-operative and post-transplant care.
The Transplant Program is certified by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). In addition, Hartford Hospital is a JCAHO accredited institution and associated with the UCONN Medical School Training Program.
The Transplant Program also has an on-site Histocompatibility Laboratory. Our Organ Procurement Organization (LifeChoice Donor Services) is located in Windsor, CT. Finally, all organ programs (kidney, heart and liver) are Medicare certified for transplantation.
New initiatives are constantly underway. Some of these include expanding the living donor pool, cryosurgery and associated technologies for liver cancer, increased public presence for our center, centers of excellence designation with third party payors and our laparoscopic and hand-assisted laparoscopic live kidney donation.