Heart Transplant Center at Sharp
Home of the first heart transplant surgery in San Diego.
At Sharp, we are proud to have pioneered the first heart transplant surgery in San Diego — and each day since, we've been privileged to support that legacy with every patient we've been honored to serve.
Since 1985, we have performed more than 460 heart transplants. For our patients who need a treatment alternative or whose hearts need time to gain strength before transplant, we offer advanced mechanical circulatory support devices that provide lifesaving help.
A team of experts to coordinate your care.
It takes an entire team of experts to provide quality medical care for each of our heart transplant patients. Caregivers in the fields of cardiology, advanced heart failure, surgery, nursing, social work, nutrition and finance work in partnership with patients and their loved ones to provide compassionate, individualized care.
Become a heart transplant patient.Before being considered as a heart transplant patient, you'll need to undergo an evaluation to determine if you are a candidate. To learn more, read answers to our frequently asked questions and learn more about our team approach to transplant. If you need more information, please call us directly — Monday through Friday, 7 am to 3 pm — at the number listed below.
Sharp Memorial Hospital Heart Transplant
San Diego, CA 92123
Goodbye, My Heart: Kelly’s Story
After years of treatment for heart failure, a transplant is Kelly’s only chance for survival. Now, with a team of specialists at her side, she awakens each day in the cardiac intensive care unit hoping for a donor heart before time runs out.
Read our heart transplant stories.
Doctors thought Emily had COVID-19. Within six weeks, the new mom had a new heart.
Sharp patient marks 30 years with her new heart
Sharon received a heart transplant in 1990, when the average survival was only 8 years.
The (heart)beat goes on (video)
David Ponder had to put his music career on hold when he learned he needed a heart transplant.
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Dr. Karl Limmer
"I am proud to be able to offer my patients the most advanced minimally invasive surgical treatments."
Dr. Craig Larson
"The Sharp Experience signifies a collaborative environment committed to patient-centered care."