Manish Mohanka, M.D.

  • Internal Medicine - Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Lung (Pulmonary) Disorders
  • Lung Transplant Medicine


Manish Mohanka, M.D., is an Associate Professor in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Internal Medicine. He specializes in pulmonology and manages care for lung transplant patients.

Dr. Mohanka is originally from India and received his medical school training at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Nagpur, India. Spurred by his interest in medical research, he completed a master’s degree in public health with an epidemiology focus at the University of Washington. As a research associate, he worked on Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s landmark Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term clinical trial designed to address mortality, cardiovascular, and cancer end-points.

His additional clinical training included an internship and residency at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. His passion for pulmonary and critical care medicine prompted him to complete his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Mohanka’s research interests focus on pulmonary function testing, bronchoscopy, and lung transplantation.

Meet Dr. Mohanka

To Manish Mohanka, M.D., a pulmonologist who specializes in the care of lung transplant patients, lung transplantation is one of the great advances in medicine over the past few decades. It offers hope to patients with end-stage lung diseases when all other therapies have failed.

“Our team works tirelessly – and seamlessly – to provide the best care for our patients.”

When he first sees his patients, they are very short of breath from even minimal exertion – going to work or even walking a few steps causes problems. A transplant frees them to live as they want to again.

“After transplant, patients can not only breathe a lot better, but they also are free of oxygen tanks and apparatus,” Dr. Mohanka says. “It gives them the liberty to participate in many more activities.”

As part of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Lung Disease and Transplantation Program, Dr. Mohanka sees patients before, during, and after their surgery. He manages their care for the rest of their lives, addressing potential problems quickly.

The Lung Transplant Program at UT Southwestern is ranked among the top in the nation for one-year and three-year post-transplant survival of lung transplant patients. 

In addition to helping patients, Dr. Mohanka enjoys employing research to advance the technologies used for lung transplantation. While lung transplantation has been performed since the 1980s, it’s still a developing field.

Dr. Mohanka, along with other members of the lung transplantation team, engages in clinical research to increase the supply of available organs and prevent rejection of implanted organs.

Through his patient care and research efforts, Dr. Mohanka wants lung transplant patients to pursue their dreams, whether that’s leading a normal childhood or living long enough to play with a grandchild.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2009-2012), Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine
  • Residency - Hahnemann University Hospital (2005-2008), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - University of Washington (2002-2005)
  • Medical School - Government Medical College (1995-2001)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Chest Physicians (2009), Member
  • American Thoracic Society (2011), Member
Books & Publications
  • Lung transplantation
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Critically ill lung transplant recipients
  • COPD
  • Bronchoscopy among lung transplant recipients

Clinical Focus

  • Lung (Pulmonary) Disorders
  • Lung Transplant Medicine

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Q&A by Dr. Mohanka