Successful heart transplants performed; hospital wing renamed

Daniel Oseran, M.D., executive medical director, Providence Heart Institute

Providence Heart Institute has performed five heart transplants since July, with plans to perform up to 12 transplants by summer 2021. This represents part of Providence’s long-term commitment to patients who need heart failure care and services. 

When it became clear in late 2019 that Oregon needed an established program to deliver safe and reliable care for vulnerable heart failure patients, the Providence Heart Institute team went to work adding a few critical pieces to our already established heart failure program. We announced our intent to start a transplant program in March 2019 after nearly 400 heart failure patients who previously received care at OHSU transferred their care to Providence.

We initially planned to perform our first transplant during spring 2020 but instead paused for several months to adjust for COVID-19. By July, we knew we were ready and conducted our first heart transplant, followed by four additional transplants this summer and fall.

Our heart transplant team is led by medical director Jill Gelow, M.D., MPH, and surgical director Kevin Koomalsingh, M.D.

In addition to our talented team of heart failure and transplant experts, the other reason we were able to start the heart transplant program was the support from Phil and Penny Knight and other generous donors. In recognition of the Knights’ $75 million gift, the West Pavilion at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is being named the Phil and Penny Knight Pavilion. Providence Heart Institute is very grateful to the Knights and to our many generous donors.

We’re proud that we’ve developed a top-notch program that allows vulnerable patients and their families to receive quality care close to home. Our heart transplant team includes specialists in transplant medicine, transplant surgery, nursing, nutrition, pharmacy, behavioral health, palliative care, social work, cardiac rehabilitation and other support services that provide personalized care before and after heart transplant.

Providence Heart Institute includes more than 80 highly skilled physicians and surgeons. Each year at the institute, more than 15,000 patients benefit from world-class care that includes the latest advances in diagnosis, treatment and cardiac surgery. Through clinical research trials, patients here also have access to many new therapies before they become widely available. Our wellness and prevention programs help prevent heart disease and empower patients to become their healthiest selves.


Providence Comprehensive Heart Failure Program
9427 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 599
Portland, OR 97225

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