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Ahmet Kilic, M.D.

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  • Director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Associate Professor of Surgery


Cardiac Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG), Heart Bypass, Heart Failure, Heart Transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Ventricular Assist Device more

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

Appointment Phone: 410-955-2800
1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Ahmet Kilic is a cardiac surgeon in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an associate professor of surgery at the Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also serves as director of heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support.

Dr. Kilic's areas of clinical expertise include adult cardiac surgery with a special interest in heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Kilic served as associate professor of surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and was the director of the heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support programs. He was co-director of the advanced heart failure program as well as the vice director of clinical and academic affairs in the division of cardiac surgery. Although a recognized leader in the field of heart failure, Dr. Kilic’s expertise runs the spectrum of cardiac surgery. more


  • Director, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Director, Johns Hopkins Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program
  • Associate Professor of Surgery

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (2002)


  • University of Maryland Medical Center / Surgery (2009)


  • University of Virginia School of Medicine / Thoracic Surgery (2011)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery / General Surgery (2009)
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery / Cardiothoracic Surgery (2012)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Kilic A, Nolan TD, Li T, Yankey GK, Prastein DJ, Cheng G, Jarvik RK, Wu ZJ, Griffith BP. Early in vivo experience with the pediatric Jarvik 2000 heart. ASAIO journal (American Society for Artificial Internal Organs: 1992). 2007; 53(3):374-8. PubMed [journal] PMID: 17515732

Kilic A, Ailawadi G. Left ventricular assist devices in heart failure. Expert review of cardiovascular therapy. 2012; 10(5):649-56. PubMed [journal] PMID: 22651840

Kilic A, Emani S, Sai-Sudhakar CB, Higgins RS, Whitson BA. Donor selection in heart transplantation. Journal of thoracic disease. 2014; 6(8):1097-104. PubMed [journal] PMID:25132976 PMCID:PMC4133543

Kilic A, Higgins RS, Whitson BA, Kilic A. Racial disparities in outcomes of adult heart transplantation. Circulation. 2015; 131(10):882-9. PubMed [journal] PMID: 25673669

Maltais S, Kilic A, Nathan S, Keebler M, Emani S, Ransom J, Katz JN, Sheridan B, Brieke A, Egnaczyk G, Entwistle JW 3rd, Adamson R, Stulak J, Uriel N, O'Connell JB, Farrar DJ, Sundareswaran KS, Gregoric I. PREVENtion of HeartMate II Pump Thrombosis Through Clinical Management: The PREVENT multi-center study. The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation. 2017; 36(1):1-12. PubMed [journal] PMID:27865732

Activities & Honors


  • Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
  • PPG National Merit Scholarship
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • University of Maryland Surgical Intern of the Year
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Resident Education Award
  • Phillip K. Caves Award Finalist
  • Harry L. Sponseller Award
  • The Dr. Dwight C. McGoon Award Nominee
  • The Dr. Thomas Williams Teaching Award in CT Surgery
  • Top 10 Percent National Ranking for Patient Satisfaction, 2013 - 2014
  • Top 10 Percent National Ranking for Patient Satisfaction, 2014 - 2015
  • Top 10 Percent National Ranking for Patient Satisfaction, 2015 - 2016
  • Top 10 Percent National Ranking for Patient Satisfaction, 2016 - 2017
  • Leonard Tow Humanism Award Nominee
  • Exceptional Physician Peer Award
  • Landacre Research Honor Society Keynote Address
  • Best Oral Cardiac Surgery Presentation, ECTSS
  • Best Heart Transplant Outcomes – Becker Hospital Review

Videos & Media

The Latest in Left Ventricular Assist Devices | FAQ with Dr. Ahmet Kilic

Heart Transplant: Marion's Story

Combined Heart-Liver Transplantation - Kristine's Story

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Video: 2018 Heart Allocation Policy Update

Video: Updates in Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation

Video: The Latest in Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD)

Webinar: Medical and Surgical Management of Heart Failure

Patient Ratings & Comments

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on the national CG-CAHPS Medical Practice patient experience survey through Press Ganey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Comments are also gathered from our CG-CAHPS Medical Practice Survey through Press Ganey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

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