About the Heart and Lung Transplant Center
The Heart and Lung Transplant Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, has been a pioneer in the world of transplant surgery since the early 1960s when Baylor College of Medicine surgeons received the first federal grant to develop an artificial heart. On May 2, 1968, a Baylor College of Medicine surgeon, Dr. Denton A. Cooley, performed the first successful adult human heart transplant at the Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.
The program was restarted in 1982, under the direction of Dr. O.H. “Bud” Frazier and has performed over 1,300 adult heart transplants and over 1,000 ventricular assist device implants. The combined experience of the surgeons in the current program is among the greatest in the world, with a combined total experience of 3,000 heart transplants, lung transplants, heart-lung transplants or ventricular assist device implants.
The program continues to be a leader throughout the world in the development, testing and utilization of the latest technological advancements.