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Lung Transplant Program

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The UCSF Lung Transplant Program provides comprehensive care for patients before and after lung transplantation. Since our founding in 1991, we have given more than 1,000 patients with advanced lung disease the chance at a longer, more active life. We perform more than 70 transplants each year.

Our program has established a reputation for accepting challenging, complex cases. Despite this, the survival rate for adults who receive a lung transplant at UCSF consistently exceeds the national average, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Outcomes data is available from SRTR and from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.

We are known for our extensive experience in using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to stabilize patients for long periods while they await transplant. We also use the latest technologies, including the Paragonix LUNGguard transport system and TransMedics Organ Care System, to safeguard organs during long-distance conveyance and to rehabilitate organs outside the body. This allows us to accept organ donations from an expanded pool of eligible donors.

We conduct additional outreach to candidates for lung transplant through our satellite clinics in Sacramento, Portland and Honolulu.

Each patient's team includes a transplant pulmonologist and a transplant surgeon, who together help assess the risks and benefits of surgery, make recommendations and follow the patient through the process. Other team members include the transplant nurse coordinator, transplant social worker, nutritionist, psychologist, pharmacist and physical therapist. We are committed to providing the best care possible and supporting our patients from initial evaluation through surgery and beyond.

Doctor referral required

COVID-19 and transplant patients

UCSF requires patients awaiting lung transplants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition, we recommend that patients awaiting any organ transplant follow the guidelines for immunocompromised patients from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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    • Surgeons (3)
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    • Pharmacists (2)
    • Nurses and social workers (7)

    Patient stories

    A cystic fibrosis patient who was out of options

    Bradley was so severely ill that no other hospital would approve him for the treatment that might save his life: a lung transplant. UCSF Health accepted the challenge.

    A milestone transplant for a dad with pulmonary fibrosis

    When scarring developed in Patrick's lungs, his health began failing fast. His surgery marked a turnaround for Patrick and a milestone for UCSF Health: lung transplant No. 1,000.

    Visit our patient education page

    Explore articles and videos on preparing for and recovering from lung transplant surgery. We also offer support groups for patients and caregivers.

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    Decorative Caduceus

    OCS™ Lung TOP Registry For Donor Lungs for Transplantation

    Primary Effectiveness Endpoint


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    AlloSure Lung Assessment and Metagenomics Outcomes Study

    Diagnostic performance characteristics (sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV) of AlloSure Lung to detect acute lung allograft dysfunction (ALAD).


    Decorative Caduceus

    10°C vs 4°C Lung Preservation RCT

    PGD is graded on a scale of 0 to 3 based on ISHLT guidelines, where PGD Grade 3 indicates severe primary graft dysfunction.


    Decorative Caduceus

    LAM-001 in Lung Transplant Recipients With Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome.

    Time to Progression Free Survival (PFS) Level 1, defined as the earliest of the following: Absolute decrease in FEV1 from baseline of > 10% Death from respiratory failure


    Decorative Caduceus

    Study of Efficacy and Safety of Inhaled Treprostinil in Subjects With Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibr...

    The FVC measurement indicates the amount of air a person can forcefully and quickly exhale after taking a deep breath.


    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Among the top hospitals in the nation

    • usnews-pulmonology

      No. 8 in the nation for pulmonology & lung surgery

    • "Elite" rating (highest) among designated programs of excellence

    • n1-2x

      in the U.S. for patient survival rates three years after lung transplant

    Support services

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    Support Group

    Organ Transplant Support Groups

    Our heart, lung and liver transplant groups offer peer-based support for pre- and post -transplant patients, LVAD patients, families and caregivers.

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    What to Bring

    • Please send in advance CT scans, chest X-rays, all test results and other images. To ensure a comprehensive first visit, please bring these medical records to your appointment as well.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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