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Heart Transplant


by Justin Cole, M.D. and David Spielvogel, M.D.

Heart transplant is a procedure indicated for severe, irreversible cardiac disease, often in relatively young patients. It consists of replacement of the de novo heart with a compatible donor allograft.


Indications for heart transplant include end-stage heart failure with objective, impaired functional capacity despite optimal medical management; recurrent, life-threatening ...

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David Spielvogel, M.D.

Dr. Spielvogel, professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York Medical College, is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of Heart Transplantation at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. He is well-known among colleagues as an innovator and pioneer of many heart surgery techniques—including aortic arch replacement—widely used in hospitals around the world. Dr. Spielvogel has performed over 350 heart transplants, has implanted an assortment of mechanical assist devices, and completed open surgeries to treat the spectrum of diseases and complications of the heart. Dr. Spielvogel enjoys hiking and sailing with his family and friends.

Justin Cole, M.D.

Dr. Cole graduated from New York Medical College and is currently a second year surgical resident in otolaryngology at the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester. A native of Cleveland, Dr. Cole completed his undergraduate education at Ohio University. His hobbies include philosophy, camping, hiking and astronomy.


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