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About the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Our cardiovascular experts carry on a legacy of clinical excellence and innovation that spans four decades and includes various milestones, such as performing the first heart-lung transplant in the region and discharging the nation’s first patient home on a cardiac assist device.

Today, the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute is equipped with distinguished Specialty Centers in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of cardiovascular conditions. We are home to nationally recognized experts in various subspecialties of the field, including:

  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cardio-oncology
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve disease
  • Vascular disease
  • Women’s cardiology 

UPMC: Pioneers in the Treatment of Heart and Vascular Disease

From revolutions in heart transplantation, to introducing minimally invasive procedures like TAVR to the region, to leading novel clinical trials, UPMC experts are at the forefront of cardiovascular disease research and innovation.

Historically, UPMC surgeons including Thomas E. Starzl, MD, revolutionized cardiothoracic surgery through various achievements such as the world’s first heart-liver transplant in 1984 and world’s first heart-liver-kidney transplant in 1989. Our contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine have only expanded since.

  • 2010: Experts from the Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh perform the world’s first pediatric ventricular assist device (VAD) transport by air for a child in heart failure.
  • 2011: UPMC performs its 3,000th cardiothoracic transplant.
  • 2011: UPMC is the first center in western Pennsylvania to provide transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
  • 2016: UPMC is the first center in western Pennsylvania to offer the WATCHMAN™ device for stroke prevention in select patients with atrial fibrillation.

We’re proud of our accomplishments, but continue to advance care through minimally invasive treatments, robot-assisted surgery, and remote monitoring technology. Our mission is to ensure that every patient who comes through our doors receives world-class, comprehensive, and convenient care. 

Learn more about the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute.

UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute Locations

Choose from one of our 60 locations and fill out the contact form to refer your patient. You can also email for more information.

Featured Specialty: Heart Valve Disease