Lung Transplant

Michael Wait, M.D., (left) and Fernando Torres, M.D., lead the Lung Transplant Team. In 2016, the program ranked 8th in volume out of all transplant centers in the U.S.

If you have severe, end-stage, non-malignant pulmonary disease that can’t be treated with medication or breathing devices, a lung transplant can prolong and improve the quality of your life. Lung transplant patients often have diseases such as emphysema, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, and other illnesses affecting the lungs.

600 Patients and Counting

Having completed more than 600 lung transplant operations, our Lung Transplantation Program is in the upper echelon of such programs in the country.

In 2016, our lung transplant team performed 77 operations, the most in a single year since the program’s inception. This represented the highest volume of any transplant center in Texas and the eighth highest in the nation.

Best in North Texas

We also trace our success to use of state-of-the-art technology throughout the transplant process. We’re one of just a few hospitals nationally using ex vivo technology to improve the evaluation of donated organs before they are transplanted into patients. This new technology is also expected to increase the pool of usable donor lungs by 10 to 15 percent.

The program also provides excellent outcomes for patients. According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), in 2016 UT Southwestern ranked No. 1 in the region in one-year survival rates, and the program’s median time-to-transplant rate was 3 ½ months – easily the shortest time in North Texas. We treat the most severely ill patients in the region, but, despite that, our patients do better overall.

Much of our program's success is due to the collaborative effort of our doctors who specialize in all aspects of cardiovascular care, including pulmonary, vascular, imaging, and transplantation medicine. Our multidisciplinary approach helps create and sustain excellence and enables the Lung Transplant Program to excel in providing excellent care to each patient.