About the Lung Transplant Program

Our Experience

UPMC's clinical experience and dedicated support resources allow its specialists to accept many patients as lung transplant candidates that other centers may decline. Coronary artery disease, Burkholderia infection in people with cystic fibrosis, advanced age, and scleroderma do not necessarily disqualify a person as a recipient.

Few centers in the world can approach UPMC's experience with such difficult-to-transplant patients. Other UPMC capabilities include extensive experience with heart-lung transplantation and an antirejection-drug-weaning protocol that helps minimize doses and associated side effects from these lifesaving but powerful drugs.

In terms of surgical expertise and innovation, UPMC is a recognized leader. UPMC surgeons have long been at the forefront of novel lung surgery procedures, having contributed to advancements in lung volume reduction surgery and, most recently, pioneering minimally invasive lung transplantation -- always with the goal of helping patients achieve a better quality of life.

Our Success

The program offers a unique combination of long-standing institutional commitment to transplantation, availability of investigational therapies, and comprehensive expertise for ancillary care — all which benefit patients.

UPMC specialists have made a concerted effort to reach the best outcomes in the nation — a collaborative effort that is effective and has contributed to UPMC's ranking among the top 10 respiratory programs in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey. 

Our Outcomes 

At UPMC, our outcomes have met or exceeded national averages. As a pioneer in the field of solid-organ transplantation, our program has been consistently challenged with some of the most difficult and complex cases.

Our surgeons and specialists have used this experience to develop advancements that have resulted in new and improved treatment modalities for our patients, including high-risk patients with concomitant cardiac diseases such as coronary artery disease, valvular, and congenital heart disease; cystic fibrosis with high-risk pathogens; scleroderma; and advanced age.

To view information about our outcomes, please visit the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients site. 

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