For patients whose hearts are damaged or diseased and can’t support enough blood flow throughout the body, we offer mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MCS uses a ventricular assist device (VAD), which is designed to provide short- or long-term cardiac support. VAD therapy, along with heart transplantation, is the most advanced surgical treatment option for heart failure.

JACHOOur program is also a pioneer in mechanical circulatory support and ventricular assist devices. As a center of excellence, we actively investigate new devices for supporting the circulation of a failing heart as well as developing innovative alternatives to, or as a bridge to, heart transplants.

We have the expertise and resources to care for a patient before and after surgery and throughout their life.

Contact Us

Phone: 801-585-3188
Toll-free: 800-824-2073
Extension: 53188

Stavros G. Drakos, MD, PhD

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Dr. Drakos is the Co-Chief of Heart Failure and Transplant Section and Medical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) Program/U of Utah Healthcare. He is a Nora Eccles Treadwell Scholar and Director of Cardiovascular Research for the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.Medical Training (MD, PhD, Residency, Fellowships) - See Info in t... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
801-585-3693
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
801-585-5122
Veterans Administration Medical Center 801-584-1235

Aaron W. Eckhauser, MD, MSCI

I joined the University of Utah, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2012. I am board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. My clinical interests are focused on caring for all patients, from neonates to adults, with congenital heart defects. I have a special interest in pediatric heart... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Transplant, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Locations:

A location has not yet been added by this physician.

James C. Fang, MD

Patient Rating:

4.9

4.9 out of 5

James Chen-tson Fang, M.D., is the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Service Line at University of Utah Health Care. Dr. Fang, who specializes in treatment of patients with heart failure, most recently held the Spitz Master Clinician Chair at Case Western Reserve Univers... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, General Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

Redstone Health Center 801-585-7676
South Jordan Health Center 801-585-7676
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-585-7676

Edward Michael Gilbert, MD

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Edward Michael Gilbert, MD is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Gilbert received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and in Critical Care at Wayne State University. He completed his Cardiovascular Disease training at the University of U... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

Billings Clinic 800-332-7156
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center 208-367-4278
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
801-587-2199
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
801-585-3693
Veterans Administration Medical Center 801-584-1235

Stephen McKellar, MD, MSc

Dr. McKellar is a native of Salt Lake City and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah and his Doctor of Medicine from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgical and Cardiothoracic Surgical training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in a combined, integrated training program. ... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Revascularization, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Minimally Invasive Lung & Esophageal Surgery, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

University Hospital 801-587-9348

Jose Nativi-Nicolau, MD

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Dr. Nativi-Nicolau is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah and is the Cardiovascular Director of the Amyloidosis Program at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute. He received his medical degree from University of Panama. Dr. Nativi-Nicolau completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Drexel University Colleg... Read More

Specialties:

Amyloidosis, Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

Billings Clinic 800-332-7156
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center 208-367-4278
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
801-585-3693
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
801-587-2199
Veterans Administration Medical Center 801-584-1235

Craig H. Selzman, MD

Patient Rating:

4.7

4.7 out of 5

Dr. Craig Selzman is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah who specializes in the care of patients requiring heart surgery. He earned his undergraduate degree at Amherst College and medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. He received his General and Cardiothoracic Surgery training... Read More

Specialties:

Adult Cardiac Surgery, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Aortic Dissection, Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Coronary Revascularization, Heart Failure, Heart Stem Cell Therapy, Heart Transplant, Heart Valve Surgery, Lung Transplant, Marfan Syndrome and other Aortic Disorders, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Surgical Ventricular Restoration, Valvular Heart Disease

Locations:

University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-587-9348

Josef Stehlik, MD, MPH

Patient Rating:

4.6

4.6 out of 5

Josef Stehlik, MD, MPH is a Christi T Smith Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Stehlik has received his medical degree from Charles University in Prague and Masters in Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and in Cardiovascular Diseases at Alleg... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant

Locations:

Billings Clinic 800-332-7156
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center 208-367-4278
University Hospital
Heart Transplant Clinic
801-585-3693
University Hospital
Heart Failure Clinic
801-587-2199
Veterans Administration Medical Center 801-584-1235

Joseph E. Tonna, MD

Dr. Joseph Tonna, MD, FAAEM, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery (Emergency Medicine) at the University of Utah and is the Associate Director of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Services at the University. He works as an Attending Physician in the Surgical and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units and in the Emergency Department. His cli... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Mechanical Support, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, Respiratory Critical Care

Locations:

University Hospital
Emergency Medicine
801-581-4314

Omar Wever-Pinzon, MD

Dr. Wever-Pinzon is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah. He received his medical degree from the University of Panama. Dr. Wever-Pinzon completed his Internal Medicine Residency, followed by a fellowship in Advanced Cardiac Imaging at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center-University Hospital of Columbia University College of... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiac Imaging, Cardiac Mechanical Support, Cardiology, Echocardiography, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Nuclear Cardiology

Locations:

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center 208-367-4278
University Hospital
Cardiovascular Center
801-587-2199
Veterans Administration Medical Center 801-584-1235

University of Utah

University Hospital 50 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
(801) 585-3188