Heart Transplant

As Iowa’s only center for advanced adult and pediatric heart care, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is also your foremost choice for heart-failure and heart transplant care.

If a heart transplant or mechanical assist device is the best option for your heart, then you can trust that you will be served by a team of specialists dedicated to providing you with the best possible care. The UI team has broad expertise in the area of adult heart failure, and you will benefit from access to the most advanced care, including the latest medications, mechanical assist device therapy options, groundbreaking clinical trials, and transplant.

Our team includes pediatric specialists who are experienced in providing transplants for our youngest patients as well. The care and convenience afforded you at UI Hospitals & Clinics is unmatched. We work hard to assure your comfort during your evaluation, waiting period, and throughout the transplant process.

Based on the most recent group of transplants reported by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, our three-year graft survival rate for all heart transplants was 100%, which is nearly 20 points higher than the national average of 80.9%.

In addition to our longstanding record of excellent patient outcomes and our commitment to your health, the University of Iowa heart transplant services offer:

  • A multidisciplinary transplant team
  • Coordinated care and communication with your referring physicians
  • Lifelong post-transplant monitoring and care
  • Quick decision for transplant readiness and shorter wait times for organ
  • Streamlined evaluation requiring only one visit to UI Hospitals & Clinics

Care Team

Every member of our multidisciplinary team specializes in transplant care. Each one brings years of expertise to your transplant case.

Transplant coordinators

  • Karen Anzelc, RN, BSN
  • Laura Felderman, RN
  • Carolyn Laxson, RN, MSN
  • Amanda Yeast, RN

VAD coordinators

  • Denicia Cole, RN, BSN
  • Kyle Jenn, RN, BSN
  • Carol Johnson, RN, BSN

Specialty Pharmacists

  • Laura Halder, PharmD


  • Alexandra Schmidt, RD

Financial Coordinators

  • Israel A. Cuevas
  • Becky Hix
  • Jamie Miller