Fast Facts

UF Health Congenital Heart Center Facts & Firsts


  • In 2017, the Alachua County Board of Commissioners approved a proclamation that declared April 25 as “UF Health Pediatric Heart Transplant Program Day” in Alachua County.
  • In 2017, the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients names UF Health Shands Hospital as the nation’s top pediatric heart transplant program in the nation with zero deaths over a two and a half year period.
  • In 2017, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons awards the center a 3 out of 3-star rating, denoting the center as one of 11 hospitals in the country with the highest quality of care.
  • In 2016, physicians at the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital successfully separated conjoined twins who were connected at the heart, liver and sternum.
  • In 2016, the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2016-2017 among the top 25 pediatric cardiology and heart surgery centers in the United States, and ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida.
  • In 2015, the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2015-2016 among the top 50 pediatric cardiology and heart surgery centers in the United States.
  • In 2015, the UF Health Congenital Heart Center introduces 3D printing for patients with complex congenital heart disease.
  • In 2014, the UF Health Congenital Heart Center opened its state-of-the-art pediatric cardiac intensive care unit.
  • In 2013, UF Health was the first in Florida to implant the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart into a 16-year-old patient. She was the youngest patient in the world to leave the hospital with the SynCardia heart and Freedom portable driver.
  • In 2013, UF Health completed a heart-lung transplant on a 15-month-old baby.
  • In 2006, UF Health the first in Florida to use the Berlin Heart as a bridge to transplant.
  • In 1993, UF Health was the first in Florida to perform an infant heart transplant.
  • In 1986, UF Health was the first in Florida to perform a pediatric heart transplant.
  • As one of the largest pediatric heart transplant centers in the state, the UF Health Congenital Heart Center’s Heart Transplant Program exceeds expected survival rates and  national survival rates, as reported by The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.
  • The UF Health Congenital Heart Center’s non-invasive imaging program is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission in transthoracic, transesophageal and fetal echocardiography.