Specialists and Care Centers
Heart Transplantation Specialists and Care Centers
The leadership of the Heart Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a collaboration between Allen S. Anderson, MD and Duc Thinh Pham, MD.
Dr. Anderson is a cardiologist, medical director of the Center for Heart Failure and the medical director of Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Assistance. He is responsible for pre- and post-operative patient management, both in the hospital and at home.
Dr. Pham is a cardiothoracic surgeon, surgical director of the Center for Heart Failure and the surgical director of Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Assistance. Dr. Pham has extensive experience in both ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation, and is responsible for post-operative patient management.
Drs. Anderson and Pham work with a team1 of cardiologists, nurses and other staff who coordinate in-hospital care and outpatient management for the heart transplant patient. The Northwestern Memorial's Heart Transplant Program has a dedicated heart transplant clinic that coordinates outpatient heart transplant management.
Transferring care to the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Many patients transfer to the Heart Transplant Program at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital from outside institutions for heart transplantation. The role of your referring physician is invaluable when it comes to coordinating a safe and seamless transfer of care for their patients to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The goal is to work with your referring clinical team and provide them with the necessary resources and information to best help you in your treatment.
Finances and insurance
The Heart Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a Medicare-approved program, a Blue Distinction® Center for Transplants and an OptumHealthSM Transplant Center of Excellence.
We work with many insurance groups to make heart transplantation services possible for our patients. Our dedicated transplant financial coordinator is available to help patients and their families with billing and insurance matters, and to obtain pre-authorization for heart transplantation surgery and transplant-related procedures.
The transplant financial coordinator works with private insurance carriers as well as Medicare and Medicaid, and is an advocate for patients and their families, helping them navigate the complex insurance process.
For more information regarding finances and insurance, please contact the transplant financial coordinator at 312.926.4081.