Heart Transplant Program

Meet The Team

Emory's Heart Transplant Program includes a multidisciplinary team of experts to ensure our patients receive optimum care and support. Our team includes the following:

Transplant Surgeons

A transplant surgeon will perform your heart transplant surgery and supervise your care immediately following your surgery. The transplant surgeon will also follow your progress after you are discharged from the hospital.

Transplant Cardiologists

The transplant cardiologist is the doctor who possesses specialized knowledge and skill in the diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions and will manage your medical care before and after the transplant.

Transplant Infectious Disease Physicians

Since transplant patients take medications to prevent the immune system from attacking their new organ, the transplant infectious disease physician provides consultation for infectious disease management in transplant recipients. They provide pre- and post-transplant vaccination and individual treatment plans for preventing infections.

Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners

Physician Assistants (PA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP) are members of the transplant team who practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. The PA or NP may obtain your medical history, perform your physical exam and supervise your transplant evaluation. He or she will educate you about transplantation. After transplant, the PA or NP will follow your progress in the hospital as well as in the transplant clinic.

Transplant Coordinators

A transplant coordinator is a registered nurse specially trained to care for patients before and after transplantation. Transplant coordinators work in different stages of the transplant process. One coordinator will be responsible for obtaining the results of your evaluation. This coordinator will serve as your main contact from the time of your evaluation until the time of your transplant. Additional coordinators will follow your progress in the hospital and provide follow-up care at each clinic visit after you are discharged.

Social Workers

Social workers are available for evaluation and supportive counseling for you and your family throughout the phases of transplant. If you need information about local housing, fundraising, and other transplant resources, the transplant social worker can assist you.


A psychiatrist will meet with you during the evaluation to obtain a general mental health history. He or she can identify personal or social situations that may affect the likelihood of a successful outcome after transplant. Psychiatric help is available for any developing needs or concerns.

Clinical Nutritionists

A clinical nutritionist will see you before and after your transplant to evaluate your diet and help you maintain a healthy weight. After your transplant you may have difficulty maintaining your weight and controlling your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The nutritionist will be available to see you regularly after your transplant to discuss these issues.


A pharmacist will begin working with you after your transplant. It is important for you to clearly understand your medications and how each affects your body. The transplant pharmacist, along with your transplant coordinator and nurses, will explain the actions, dosages and side effects of your medications. The pharmacist will be available to answer questions during your hospitalization and after transplant.


A chaplain is on call 24 hours a day to visit with you while you are in the hospital. The chaplain can help you and your family deal with the emotional and spiritual issues that can be associated with transplantation.

Staff Nurses

Staff nurses are responsible for monitoring your daily care in the hospital. They will teach you how to check your vital signs and identify any signs of infection. They will help you learn how and when to take your new transplant medications. Staff nurses play an important role in alerting the team to any potential problems.

Financial Coordinators

The financial coordinator will help you understand the cost of transplantation, explain your insurance benefits and assist you in identifying resources available to you.

Organ Placement Program

The Organ Placement Team is specially trained to review offers for all organs that match with potential recipients of the Emory Transplant Center. This nursing team is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to review donor offers with the transplant surgeon on call. Together with numerous organ procurement organizations, this team of specially trained nurses is responsible for coordinating the transplant process from the time the initial offer is received through calling a patient in for their transplant. If and when a patient is offered a possible transplant, one of these coordinators will be in contact.
Request an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with the Emory Heart Transplant Center please call 1-855-366-7989.