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Lung Transplant

Transplant

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Lung Transplant team has performed more than 600 lifesaving transplants – making our program one of fewer than 25 in the U.S. to reach this milestone. In fact, we have performed nearly 300 lung transplants in the past five years alone.

This level of experience and expertise has resulted in outstanding outcomes. Our patients’ one-year survival rate is No. 1 in the region and exceeds the national average.

UT Southwestern Medical Center Lung Transplant Program

Meet our Lung Transplant team, see our new state-of-the-art facility, and learn how our multidisciplinary approach to caring for people with end-stage lung disease makes us one of the top-volume centers for lung transplant in the nation.  

Lung Transplant Volumes

Sophisticated Lung Transplant Tools and Techniques

UT Southwestern’s skilled Lung Transplant team uses the most sophisticated tools and techniques to help patients with end-stage lung disease who have exhausted their other treatment options. Our experienced team of experts collaborates to deliver world-class, evidence-based care.

We also pioneer the use of leading-edge technologies to treat patients with advanced lung disease.

UT Southwestern is one of fewer than two dozen U.S. centers using ex vivo perfusion, which helps physicians more thoroughly evaluate donor lungs and aims to improve their quality – expanding the number of available healthy lungs – before they are considered for transplantation. The technology runs artificial blood through the circulatory system of a lung after it has been removed from a donor’s body, thereby extending the time period that the lung is viable for evaluation and transplantation.

We also offer extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), an established technology that is used outside the body to help diseased lungs and hearts more effectively deliver oxygen to the blood. ECMO allows patients to be mobile, which helps them remain as strong as possible while they await lung transplantation

Clinical trials help patients access the most promising new treatments before they are available to the public. If you have lung disease, speak with your doctor to find out if taking part in a clinical trial might be right for you.

Multidisciplinary, Statewide Care

Our team includes pulmonologists (lung doctors), surgeons, intensive care physicians, and specialized nursing staff, as well as imaging and infectious diseases specialists, transplant coordinators, social workers, nutritionists, pharmacists, and financial coordinators.

These specialists work together to provide ongoing medical management and simplify every step of the process – from support for patients awaiting lung transplants to comprehensive outpatient treatment of transplant recipients.

For our patients’ convenience, UT Southwestern has satellite clinics in Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland, and Tyler that allow us to perform an initial screening and evaluation – close to patients’ homes – to see if transplant is an option for them.

Lung transplant annual report 2017
2017 Lung Transplant Report

2017 Lung Transplant Medicine Report

The lung transplant process includes multiple phases, each of which is part of a synergetic program of care focused on a single, overall goal: the delivery of exceptional outcomes to patients, their families, and referring physicians. UT Southwestern Medical Center’s lung transplantation program is number one in Texas, and has a reputation for innovations and outcomes that are among the best in the country.  

View annual report (3.2 MB PDF)

Transplant Mentorship Program

Transplantation can be an overwhelming and very emotional process. Having someone to talk to who has experienced every stage of the process can help. That’s the idea behind the Transplant Mentorship Program – a supportive community of people who have successfully been through, or are currently going through, the transplant journey. It is an opportunity to ask questions directly of someone who has been there and knows something of what you’re experiencing.

Interested in becoming a mentor?

  • Do you have the time and energy to commit to your mentee (usually 30 minutes to 1 hour a week)?
  • Do you reply to emails/phone calls in a timely manner (no more than 48 hours)?
  • Are you in a good place mentally and emotionally, a place from which you can offer sound advice to another person?
  • Are you a good listener? 

Apply to be a mentor (PDF)

Interested in being mentored?

  • Are you looking for someone who has been through the transplant process and can answer your questions but understand that this person is not a medical professional or psychologist?
  • Are you responsive and eager for help?

Apply to be mentored (PDF)

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We’re one of the world’s top academic medical centers, with a unique legacy of innovation in patient care and scientific discovery.  

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Transplant Intake Coordinator: Allison Moore, RN, B.S.N.

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