Living Donation

​Lung Transplant Program at UPMC

If you're suffering with a severe lung disease, you can find hope at UPMC's Lung Transplant Program in Pittsburgh.

Our compassionate and skilled lung transplant team cares for people each day with life-threatening lung diseases.

We're one of the most recognized and experienced lung and heart-lung transplant centers in the world. This means we're able to accept many high-risk patients for both single and double lung transplants that other transplant centers may decline.

The Lung Transplant Process: What to Expect

What happens after your doctor refers you to UPMC's Lung Transplant Program?

  • Our lung transplant team will review your medical history to see if you might be a good lung transplant candidate.
  • If we think you are, we'll contact you to schedule your lung transplant evaluation. You'll have various diagnostic tests and meet with a number of experts from the lung transplant team.
  • Then, a multidisciplinary team will review your case and decide if a lung transplant is the best option for you. We'll inform you of our decision within one week after your evaluation.

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Why Choose UPMC's Lung Transplant Program?

  • Since the program's inception in 1982, our surgeons have performed more than 2,000 lung and heart-lung transplants, exceeding many other transplant centers.
  • We're one of only a few lung transplant centers in the United States that has achieved this volume, while maintaining outcomes that are on par with national averages.
  • Our talented team of lung and heart-lung transplant surgeons continues to gain vast clinical skills and expertise in the field, giving hope to people across the country and around the world.

Meet some people who chose UPMC for a lung transplant.

In the News

After Mallory, a cystic fibrosis patient, was turned down by transplant centers across the country, UPMC gave her a life-saving double lung transplant. Learn more about Mallory's journey.

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Lung Transplantation: Step by Step

The UPMC Transplantation team discusses the various stages of the lung transplant process. Watch below.


Richard - Lung Transplant Recipient

Richard: Lung Transplant Story

Richard Callendar was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that causes scarring of the lungs, making daily activities difficult. Read his story.

Jay Starr - Two time lung transplant recipient

Jay: Lung Transplant Story

After Jay Starr's body rejected his first lung transplant, he traveled to UPMC for evaluation and a second transplant surgery. Read his story.