Cardiac surgery
Program Name

HeartMate-3 Ventricular Assist Device Program

Hospital Name Tri-Service General Hospital

Our mechanical circulatory support team is a multidisciplinary team. Our team includes expert cardiac surgeons, professional perfusionist, experienced operation scrub nurses and full-time coordinators. We have the largest case number of HeartMate-3 ventricular assist device in Taiwan. Also our superintendent, Professor Chien-Sung Tsai, is the only one proctor in Taiwan, which is approved by the Abbott Medical Taiwan Company.


We had conducted 10 cases of s HeartMate-3 Ventricular Assist Device implantation and had 100% surgical survival rate and 90 % hospital discharge rate, which is comparable to the medical heart center in the United State. Besides, our coordinators will closely follow up these patients, no matter the patient is bridge to heart transplantation or is on destination therapy.

In the clinical field, our team also has a lot of publications about mechanical circulatory support. Other than this, we also have a lot of researches and publications in the basic research, such as hemorheology, cardiac electrophysiology, vascular pathology, and immune physiology.

Our superintendent, Professor Chien-Sung Tsai has been invited to Japan for oversea teaching and lessoning of the surgical techniques.


Course 1: <1 month, 2 person
Course 2: 1~3 months, 2 person

Program fee

Course: NTD 5000/month


Additional fee, 3000/month


Permission to use staff cafeteria, Permission to observe other cardiac and vascular surgery for free, Permission to attend all meeting conference for free

Applicant Qualification

  • Having experiences of cardiac surgeon for more than 3 years
  • Having more than 20 cases of cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Having the basic concept of mechanical circulatory support, such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, cardio-pulmonary bypass, and ventricular assist device.

Program Details
Learning Targets

1. Patient selection

2. Peri-operative surgical technique

3. Troubleshooting of weaning CPB

4. Post-implantation ICU care

5. Anti-coagulation management

Learning Skills

1. Apical cannulation

2. HeartMate-3 position

3. Driveline tunneling

4. Aortic anastomosis

5. Adequate de-airing

6. Weaning CPB with concomitant HeartMate-3 support

7. Peri-operative TEE interpretation

8. Treatment of RV failure

9. Hemodynamic management with inotropes and vasopressor

Contact Point
Division of Cardiovascular Surgery Name: Dr. Po-Shun Hsu E-mail: Tel: +886-2-8792-7212