Expertise and rankings

  • Expertise. Mayo Clinic cardiologists and cardiac surgeons have expertise in treating people who may need ventricular assist devices (VADs). Mayo Clinic consistently ranks at a high level for survival in treatment outcomes for ventricular assist devices.

    Mayo Clinic offers one of the largest groups of cardiac surgeons and cardiologists trained in ventricular assist devices in the nation. Mayo doctors implant more than 100 ventricular assist devices each year.

  • Pioneer in technology. The director of the mechanical circulatory support devices program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota has been a pioneer in mechanical circulatory support technology, such as ventricular assist devices and other heart-assist devices, for many years. He participated as a member of the surgical team who implanted the first long-term total artificial heart (TAH) in a human in 1982. He also implanted the first TAH in a female in 1985 and the first TAH in a child in 1987.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

With Mayo Clinic's emphasis on collaborative care, specialists at each of the campuses — Minnesota, Arizona and Florida — interact very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiac surgery and cardiovascular diseases departments' expertise and rankings.