Stephen Bailey, MD, director of AGH's Division of Cardiac Surgery and Surgical Director of Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program
"There is a small segment of people who really don't do well with an LVAD alone, and we have learned we needed something better," said cardiothoracic surgeon Stephen Bailey, MD, who performed the implant of the Total Artificial Heart.
"The Total Artificial Heart
leads to recovery of end organ function in the most critically ill patients, allowing transplantation to be performed when the patient is more stable - which ultimately helps facilitate better outcomes following transplantation," said Dr. Bailey
Under the direction of Drs. Benza and Bailey
, the heart transplantation program at AGH
has achieved a success rate that exceeds the national average and boasts the highest one-year survival rate of any transplantation program in Pennsylvania over the past two years, according to the national Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.