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A Complete Heart Program Completely Dedicated To You

You never stop hoping. And at the Florida Hospital Transplant Institute, our team of world-renowned heart transplant experts will never stop working for you.

Our Dedication. Your Confidence.

#1 in the Southeast

#1 in the Southeast

Florida Hospital Transplant Institute performed more heart transplant than any other transplant center in the Southeast region.
Wait Times

Wait Times

At 44.9 days, our median heart transplant wait time is less than one-quarter the national average.
Survival Rates

Survival Rates

Our survival rates perform as expected when compared to national averages.
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Your Heart Treatment Plan

Start Your Journey

You're ready to take charge of your health. Our heart transplant team is ready to help guide your journey, from navigating the application process to helping you understand the criteria.

Evaluation

We're working toward the same goal: a successful heart transplant that will help you live a longer, healthier, fuller life. Our evaluation process is designed to make sure there's a clear path to achieving that goal.

Waiting List

Our median transplant wait time is just 44.9 days and our care team is dedicated to caring for you and your support system.

Surgery

Find peace of mind with a heart transplant team that combines state-of-the-art technology and collaborative care for patients with advanced heart failure.

Staying Healthy

We'll guide your recovery every step of the way, empowering you with the information, tools and resources you need to care for your new heart.

Where Expertise Meets Experience.

Scott Silvestry, MD

Scott Silvestry, MD

Surgical Director of Thoracic Transplant

"We have the ability to impact and save lives in ways that we hadn't envisioned in the past, and this is what I enjoy doing."

Photo of Dr. Naveen Bellam

Naveen Bellam, MD, MPH

Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Echocardiography
Donald Botta, MD

Donald Botta, MD

Surgical Director of Heart Transplant

"There's something really magical watching a new heart take its first beat and knowing what a huge difference it's going to make in this person's life."

Nirav Raval, MD

Nirav Raval, MD

Medical Director of Thoracic Transplant

"I chose heart failure cardiology because of the dramatic difference we can make in somebody's quality of life."

Simon Shakar, MD

Simon Shakar, MD

Transplant Cardiologist

"Patients with advanced heart failure like to see a reassuring, methodical, knowledgeable physician. I am a transplant cardiologist because I try to be that physician."

Mauricio Velez, MD

Mauricio Velez, MD

Transplant Cardiologist

"I often see patients who have been told that nothing else can be done for them. What drives me is the opportunity to tell these patients that we have something that can help them."

Jared Weiner, MD

Jared Weiner, MD

Anesthesiologist, Thoracic Transplant

"I feel honored and privileged to help bring some of the most advanced medical care available to the sickest members of our community."

Andrija Vidic, DO

Andrija Vidic, DO

Transplant Cardiologist

"We guide sick patients through some of the most difficult decisions of their life and help them to work towards regaining a fully functional life."

Meet Your Heart Team
Comprehensive Cardiac Care

Comprehensive Cardiac Care

Our commitment to comprehensive cardiac care begins long before transplantation. That's why our Advanced Heart Failure Program is an integral part of our Transplant Institute's mission to deliver collaborative treatment for every patient.

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Ventricular Assist Device Programs

Ventricular Assist Device Programs

Through our Ventricular Assist Device Programs, our team of renowned heart surgeons uses the newest technologies to help transplant patients and non-transplant patients alike live longer, healthier lives.

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Kathleen Shevchik-Williams

"We're blessed for the amazing individuals on the transplant team. And even more blessed to have this heart."

- Kathleen Shevchik-Williams, Wife of Heart Transplant Patient

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Hospitality And Hope Under One Roof.

For patients and families who are traveling more than 35 miles to Orlando for treatment, our brand-new Bartch Transplant House provides patient housing and all the support and amenities they need at an affordable cost during their healing journey.

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