First Certification in Region for Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Mark Jones, MD, FACC, co-medical director of Lutheran Hospital's heart transplant program, was the first physician in northern Indiana and the fourth in the state to earn certification in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology through the American Board of Internal Medicine. Kristen Maurice, DO, board certified cardiologist and a member of the advanced heart failure team, is board eligible in this highly specialized area of care.
Expert Credentials of Entire Multidisciplinary Transplant Team
LTC's heart transplant team is dedicated to improving patients' quality of life, helping them survive and thrive. We help patients through each step of the process, from pre-transplant monitoring to post-surgical care. The center's surgical team has performed 300 heart transplants, providing many patients with 15 to 20 additional years of life. We also have a very strong relationship with the Indiana Donor Network (formerly Indiana Organ Procurement Organization (IOPO)).
Our entire 30-member transplant team has extensive transplant experience, including the only cardiologists in the region with credentialing in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. Each member of our team is specially trained to provide clinical expertise and support for transplant patients. Team members include:
- Transplant cardiologists
- Cardiovascular surgeons
- Specially trained anesthesiologists
- Medical transplant specialists
- Transplant coordinators
- Social workers
- Cardiopulmonary rehab specialists
We also have the support of the entire Lutheran Health Network, including urology for Foley catheter insertion and expert clinical care for patients that have conditions affecting heart function such as diabetes, liver dysfunction or pulmonary disease.
Benefits of The Lutheran Transplant Center
Specialists at the Lutheran Transplant Center offer pre- and post-transplant services to area residents. Benefits to patients and their families include:
- Shorter wait times to heart transplant than the national average, as well as some centers in the surrounding area
- Medical expertise closer to home, family and friends, including services in Fort Wayne and a clinic in Valparaiso
- Easy access to all specialty care at the Lutheran Health Network
Lutheran Heart Center also provides ventricular assist devices (VADs) for patients suffering from heart failure but awaiting transplant. VADs may serve as a bridge to transplant or recovery.