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Penn Medicine's Lung Transplant Program

Research shows that centers with the highest volume for a procedure have the best outcomes. Over the past five years, Penn's lung transplant program has performed more than twice as many lung transplants as any other program in the Philadelphia region, and its survival rates are the best in the region and consistently meet or exceed national averages.* HUP nursing has been awarded Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing care and The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

Patient Survival Rates
Penn's successful lung transplant survival outcomes are best in the Philadelphia region and have consistently met or exceeded national averages.

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*Source: United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)/Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR); For patients receiving their first transplant of this type between 07/01/2008 and 12/31/2010 for the 1 Month and 1 Year Models; between 01/01/2006 and 06/30/2008 for the 3 Year Model. SRTR data last published January 2012. | **Source: The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)

The Team and Resources

The Penn Lung Transplant program brings together a multidisciplinary team of specialists supported by the Penn Transplant Institute, Penn Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Penn Lung Center and the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania (HUP). The team collaborates on patient care and maintains constant communication throughout the transplant process. HUP nursing has been awarded Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing care and U.S. News & World Report has ranked HUP among the top hospitals in the United States for four consecutive years.

Penn Medicine offers patients:
  • One of the most experienced transplant teams in the nation caring for patients with the full range of lung diseases, including COPD (emphysema), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, sarcoidosis, and bronchiolitis obliterans with organizing pneumonia (BOOP).
  • Short wait times for consultation, evaluation, and listing for lung transplant.
  • A dedicated pulmonologist and nurse practitioner caring for each patient throughout the continuum of transplant care.
  • Personalized treatment plans designed by the multidisciplinary team of experts in lung transplantation including surgeons, pulmonologists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, therapists, dieticians and counselors.
  • Lodging for out-of-town patients and families at the recently opened Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House.
  • Access to clinical trials and novel therapeutics for advanced lung disease and lung transplantation.
  • A full range of rehabilitation services including outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation, physical therapy, speech therapy, home care as well as access to Penn Medicine's inpatient rehabilitation facility, Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse.

Patient Selection Criteria

Selection criteria for lung transplant varies from one lung transplant center to another. At Penn Medicine, patients are evaluated and potentially listed for transplant based upon the following criteria.

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More than 750 Patients Transplanted. Read their Success Stories.

Richard F
Richard F.
Fountain Hill, PA

Richard suffered from emphysema which ultimately damaged both his lungs and his liver. In 2005, Richard received a double lung and liver transplant at the Penn Transplant Institute.

"Receiving a lung/liver transplant totally transformed my life. Within five months after getting my new lungs I went back to my job as an electrical engineer. The first winter after my transplant I was able to shovel snow again while experiencing very little shortness of breath. I can now carry the trash out, do laundry and carry clean clothes up two flights of stairs. A few years ago I got a mountain bike to ride on local trails and bike paths. Now I can enjoy the outdoors, and get the exercise I need to stay fit and to keep my new lungs healthy."

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