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Division of
Cardiovascular Surgery
Mechanical Assist Device Program

The Mechanical Assist Device Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is an integral component of the cardiac surgery and cardiac transplant programs.  The cardiac assist device team is comprised of nationally known experts in cardiac surgery, heart failure and transplant care, and cardiac assist device technology.


As one of the busiest transplant programs in the region, the ready availability of a variety of cardiac assist devices is necessary to support the sickest patients on our wait list. Of all the patients at our center who undergo heart transplant each year, twenty to thirty percent survived to surgery because they were supported by a cardiac assist device.  In some instances, patients were able to wait at home, even return to work, while on a support device.

Inpatient Facilities:
Hospital University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH)
Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital (MFH)
Office Visit Locations:
Perelman Center - East Pavilion, 2nd Floor (HUP)
230 West Washington Square (PAH)
1501 Lansdowne Avenue (MFH)
Making an Office Visit Appointment:
215-615-4949 or 800-789-PENN
Michael Acker
Dr. Acker
Pavan Atluri
P. Atluri
Wilson Szeto
W. Szeto

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