Heart Transplant
Referring Patients to Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Referring Patients to Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Contact Information for Referring Physicians

  • Heart Failure and Pre-Transplant Office
    Valerie Cannon
    Pre-Heart Transplant Coordinator

    Falk CVRB
    300 Pasteur Drive
    Stanford, CA 94305
    Phone: (650) 723-5468, M-F 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    Fax: (650) 725-1927
  • Post-Heart Transplant Office
    Joy Furaya, RN
    Kathy Town, RN
    Post-Heart Transplant Coordinators

    1101 Welch Road, Suite B5
    Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Phone: (650) 723-3633
    Fax: (650) 721-5079
  • Post-Heart Transplant On-Call Physician
    (650) 776-6322
  • Hospital Page Operator
    (650) 723-6661
  • Transfer Center
    (650) 723-4696

Our physicians are committed to providing a high level of quality, personal care to all patients who are referred to the Stanford Hospital Heart Transplant Program. Because of the seriousness of advanced heart failure and other conditions that may require urgent heart transplant evaluation, we do everything we can to give your patients rapid access to our program. Throughout the patient evaluation process, we keep an open line of communication between you and our team to keep you informed of your patient's status, ongoing care at Stanford, and progress toward finding a compatible donor.

How to refer to Stanford

To begin the process of referring your patient to Stanford Hospital & Clinics, download the Patient Referral form, then complete and fax it to the Pre-Transplant Coordinator.

Once we receive the form, our coordinator will fax a confirmation of receipt to your office. Your patient will be contacted and scheduled for an in-person evaluation at Stanford upon insurance clearance. You and your patient will be informed in writing about our selection committee's recommendations. As your patient's case progresses, we'll provide you with regular status updates. Additionally, you're always welcome to call your patient's Stanford physician to discuss the case. During the day, it is best to contact one of our physicians through the pre- or post-heart transplant offices. During evenings, weekends, and holidays, our physicians can be contacted through the hospital page operator or dedicated cell phone.

Referring a Critically Ill Patient for Urgent Transplant Evaluation

The Stanford Hospital Heart Transplant Program works closely with Stanford Hospital & Clinics' Transfer Center in order to provide timely and safe transfer of patients from outlying facilities who require urgent evaluation and treatment at Stanford. Transfer Center staff, including nurse coordinators, case managers, and financial coordinators, are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to facilitate the transfer process.

Inter-facility transports may be arranged via ambulance, fixed wing aircrafts, or helicopter depending upon the patient's distance from Stanford Hospital and acuity of his or her illness. Our Life Flight helicopter is staffed by one pilot and two flight nurses and completes 600-700 flights per year. Additionally, we provide transport for patients on Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABP), Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD), and for critical care patients on mechanical ventilation and inotropic agents. Our transfer center and flight nurses work closely with you and Stanford physicians to ensure safe transport of your patient to Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

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