• Florida transplant team celebrates 500 heart transplant milestone

Medical staff in the operating room performing a heart transplant

The heart transplant team at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus in Jacksonville, Fla., is celebrating the completion of its 500th heart transplant since its program began in 2001.

The heart transplant program in Florida is on track to perform 50 transplants in 2022, which is in line with its volume in 2021. The program ranks second, by volume of the 16 adult centers in the Southeast and within the top 20 of adult centers nationally.

Journalists: Broadcast-quality video is available in the downloads at the end of the post. Please courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network. Name super/CG: Parag Patel, M.D./Transplantation Medicine/Mayo Clinic.

“We have an amazingly talented team of physicians, nurses, coordinators and others who on a daily basis demonstrate their commitment to exceptional patient care,” said Dr. Parag Patel, medical director of the heart transplant program at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus.

“I’m proud of our team for achieving this significant milestone and look forward to working with them to continuously grow and improve our practice to better serve our patients.”

Nationally, Mayo’s transplant center, which includes the practice in Jacksonville, as well as practices at Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Arizona and Minnesota, is a leader in treating patients with heart diseases. Combined volumes rank Mayo Clinic first of all adult transplant centers, performing nearly twice as many solid-organ transplants as any other center.

In addition to heart transplants, Mayo physicians also have experience treating cardiac patients with complex conditions who may need multi organ transplants, including heart-lung, heart-liver, heart-kidney and heart-lung-liver transplants.

"We have seen significant growth in our program over the last several years with innovations in care and that has contributed also to improved outcomes for our patients. That is why we do this – to give our patients their second chance at life," says Dr. Patel.

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