​​​​​Heart Transplant Services

What we do
The Heart Transplant Program performs heart transplants and heart-lung transplants. The Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management is a key member of this interdisciplinary team. Our patients have a one-year survival rate of 91 percent.

Mechanical Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)
The mechanical ventricular assist device (VAD) program serves some patients as a bridge to heart transplantation and destination therapy.

Our Research
Our department collaborates with the cardiovascular surgery and cardiology departments in research, and to provide on-going improvements in patient care.

Our Education
Cardiac anesthesia fellows and residents participate in the complex management of our patient's care, before, during and after surgery.

Liver Transplant Services

Who we are
We are anesthesiologists with a particular interest in the management of transplant patients before, during and after surgery. 

What we do
We see between 130 and 150 liver transplant recipients each year. This number will grow as surgeons gain more experience performing living liver transplants, and as living liver donations increase through the Trillium Gift of Life Program.

Our research focuses on:

  • Perioperative Blood Management: Blood conservation, before, during, and after surgery
  • Perioperative outcome: risk management in liver transplantation
  • Optimizing postoperative pain management: Looking at new and different ways to control pain after transplantation
  • Post-operative pain management for living donors, with the assistance of Dr. Hance Clarke​

Dr. Coimbatore Srinivas and Dr. Stuart McCluskey lead the Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplantation Anesthesia Fellowship program which consists of 3 – 5 fellows with a similar interest in hepatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation.


Lung Transplant Services

Who we are
The Lung Transplant Program is a centre of excellence that evaluates and treats patients with end-stage lung disease.

The Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management is a key member of this interdisciplinary team and participates in the evaluation and selection of patients.

The anesthetic care of our patients is challenging and our department's contribution to patient care and pain management, before, during and after surgery, is essential to the success of the program.

What we do
​Our Program has one of the largest patient volumes in North America. About 200 patients are referred for assessment each year, and we perform about 100 new transplants each year.

Our surgical treatments include:

  • Lung transplantation
  • Lung volume reduction, for suitable patients with severe emphysema
  • Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy, for patients with pulmonary hypertension, due to chronic thromboembolic disease​

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