Vaidehi Kaza, M.D.

Associate Medical Director of Lung Transplantation

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

Biography

Vaidehi Kaza, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in lung transplantation and pulmonary critical care.

She provides care for patients before, during, and after lung transplantation.

Dr. Kaza received her medical degree from Osmania Medical College in India, performed her residency at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, and completed her fellowship in pulmonary critical care at Baylor College of Medicine.

Before joining UT Southwestern in 2010, she was a senior staff physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and held an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.

As part of UT Southwestern's Lung Transplant Program, Dr. Kaza is active in research to improve immune system tolerance and in exploring new modalities for improving pre- and post-transplantation care for lung transplant patients.

She is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation, and several other professional organizations.

Meet Dr. Kaza

Associate Medical Director of Lung Transplantation

By the time patients with advanced lung disease come to see pulmonologist Vaidehi Kaza, M.D., they're often so sick that they show a dramatic decrease in their ability to perform daily activities.

As a lung transplant specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Kaza guides patients through the lung transplant process – before, during, and after surgery – and helps them breathe freely again. 

"Transplantation can offer a second wind when there are no other options – another chance at life," Dr. Kaza says.

The transformation she sees in patients motivates her. Within weeks, many patients are off breathing machines and out of the hospital. She loves watching her patients use their second chance to renew their lives and live more normally again.

Dr. Kaza credits UT Southwestern's entire lung transplantation team for making the difference in their patient's lives – and for enabling the UTSW Lung Transplantation Program to have the best success rates of any program in Texas. 

Dr. Kaza says it takes many people to make a lung transplant happen: In addition to physicians and nurses, each patient also needs a transplant coordinator, dietitian, social worker, and other people to make the experience as successful as possible.  

"When patients come to UT Southwestern, it's like becoming part of another family," she says.

In addition to patient care, Dr. Kaza is also active in research to improve lung transplantation outcomes. For example, she investigates new methods to improve immune system tolerance to help prevent rejection of new lungs. Another project studies mechanisms to delay progression of chronic rejection and improve post transplant survival.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine (2004-2007), Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine
  • Residency - Interfaith Medical Center (2002-2004), Internal Medicine
  • Internship - Interfaith Medical Center (2001-2002), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Osmania Medical College, India (1993-1999)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Pulmonary Hypertension Association
  • American Thoracic Society
  • American College of Chest Physicians
Honors & Awards
  • CHARLES CHERUBIN AWARD 2004, FOR OUTSTANDING CLINICAL RESEARCH
  • AWARD OF APPRECIATION, BAYLOR COLLEGE 2005
  • CHIEF FELLOW AWARD, BAYLOR COLLEGE 2007
  • BEST THIRD YEAR FELLOW AWARD, BAYLOR COLLEGE 2007
  • BEST FELLOW AWARD, BAYLOR COLLEGE 2007
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Lung (Pulmonary) Disorders
  • Lung Transplant Medicine

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Q&A by Dr. Kaza