Heart Failure and Transplantation

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Breakthrough Discoveries. International Leadership.

The University of Minnesota’s leadership in cardiovascular research and treatment spans more than 60 years. It was here, in 1952, that F. John Lewis, M.D., and C. Walton Lillehei, M.D., Ph.D., and their surgical team performed the world’s first successful open heart surgeries. And in the 1970s, Jay N. Cohn, M.D., and colleagues conducted the first clinical studies in heart failure, leading to the first treatments that significantly reduced death and disability in patients with heart disease.

Today, we continue to push the boundaries of research and treatment. Our heart transplant team is well known for its breakthroughs — both in heart transplantation and in dealing with advanced heart failure. And as leaders in innovative research, we bring the science and art of medicine together to provide the best possible care.