The Transplant Process: Review and Evaluation
What happens after you've been referred to UPMC's Lung Transplantation Program in Pittsburgh?
Patient Information Review
After the UPMC lung transplant team receives your medical records and information listed on the transplant referral checklist:
- A pretransplant nurse coordinator will collect your medical history, radiology studies, recent blood work, and current physical findings.
- The lung transplant team will review the information to determine if a transplant evaluation is appropriate.
- If a transplant evaluation is appropriate, we will obtain insurance authorization and contact you to schedule the evaluation.
The UPMC Lung Transplantation Program works closely with the UPMC Comprehensive Lung Center to provide exceptional care along the entire spectrum of lung diseases. This includes comprehensive evaluations for transplantation.
Evaluations include diagnostic testing and consultations with:
- Transplant surgeons
- Transplant coordinators
- Social workers
- Financial coordinators
- Other specialists, as needed
These evaluations and tests can take up to five days to complete.
After the Evaluation: Selecting Transplant Candidates
A multidisciplinary team reviews each patient’s case at a selection meeting and makes decisions regarding approval of lung transplant candidates. We will notify you of our decision shortly after the evaluation.
For those patients who are either too sick or too well and are not approved for lung transplantation, our transplant team can refer them to the UPMC Comprehensive Lung Center, where our expert lung specialists can provide medical therapy and additional treatment options.