UAMC welcomes new members to heart transplant team - Tucson News Now

UAMC welcomes new members to heart transplant team

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By Cara Popeski, Tucson News Now intern

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The University of Arizona Medical Center has recently reinstated its Heart Transplant Program.

UAMC decided to suspend the program in December in order to strengthen its highly specialized transplant team, according to a media release. UAMC has received approval from the United Network of Organ Sharing as it reactivates this fall with a newly recruited team.

The Heart Transplant Team will include Scott D. Lick, MD, Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, Zain Khalpey, MD, PhD, and Mark J. Friedman, MD.

Dr. Sweitzer stated, "UAMC's Heart Transplant Program has a long history of excellent outcomes. Now, with the program fully staffed again, we are able to continue providing the full spectrum of care for patients with advanced heart disease."

The multi-disciplinary team will offer effective treatments for any and all patients with advanced heart disease. Officials said UAMC offers adult liver, kidney, and pancreas transplants for adults in addition to heart transplants, and since the state's first heart transplant in 1979, UAMC has performed 891 heart transplants.

To learn more about the program, visit http://www.uahealth.com/.

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