Lung Transplant

Lung Transplant Team leaders Michael Wait, M.D., (left) and Fernando Torres, M.D., have seen a five-fold increase in lung transplants over the past five years.

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 of the lung, including emphysema, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension.

500 Patients and Counting

Having completed 500 lung transplant operations, our Lung Disease and Transplantation Program is in the upper echelon of such programs in the country. We are ranked among the top in the nation for one-year post-transplant survival of lung transplant patients.

Best in North Texas

We also trace our success to use of state-of-the-art technology throughout the transplant process. We’re among fewer than two dozen hospitals nationally now using XVIVO 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 10-15 percent.

Our one- and three-year patient survival rates are better than any other program in North Texas. Our time to transplant is shorter than any other transplant center in North Texas. And the severity of illness – how ill our patients are – is the highest, but, despite that, our patients do better.

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.