OHSU to reactivate heart transplant program

The heart transplant program at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital will resume operations after a yearlong suspension, the hospital announced Aug. 26.

Portland, Ore.-based OHSU voluntarily suspended its transplant program last August after all four of the program's cardiologists resigned for unspecified reasons.

Since then, OHSU has hired three advanced heart failure cardiologists to join the program. On Aug. 26, the United Network for Organ Sharing approved the program's new primary physician for heart transplantation, which will allow the transplant program to resume operations.

"OHSU's Heart Transplant Program has a long history of serving the state of Oregon, providing more than 700 heart transplant procedures to date," OHSU President Danny Jacobs, MD, said in a news release. "With the successful recruitment of cardiologists from some of the preeminent programs in the country, we are pleased to resume the full spectrum of care for Oregonians with advanced heart failure, in need of heart transplantation."

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