Lung Transplant

We have treated more than 1,000 patients in our Lung Transplant Program, and are one of the most successful programs in the nation.

Find your care

At UCLA Health, we offer hope to patients who need lung transplants. Call 310-825-6068 to learn more about the Lung Transplant Program.

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Why choose UCLA Health for lung transplantation?

The UCLA Lung Transplant Program is one of the country’s most successful programs of its kind. We have performed more than 1,000 lung transplants, and consistently rank among the top programs in the nation by volume. 

When you choose UCLA Health for a lung transplant, you benefit from:

Established expertise: We are the highest-volume thoracic transplant center in the western United States and second busiest in the country. Seeing so many patients means that our physicians have experience and expertise in caring for all kinds of patients, including those with advanced disease.

Care for complex needs: We regularly treat patients who would be deemed ineligible for a transplant at other facilities. We have an excellent track record of caring for higher-risk patients, such as those who are over 70 or need multiple organ transplants.

Excellent outcomes: Our patient 1-year survival rate is 93%, as listed by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). We regularly meet or exceed 1-month, 1-year and 3-year graft and patient survival rates. We also have an exceptional history of success when patients need re-transplantation. In fact, we are of the few programs that even offers re-transplantation to those who need it. 

Coordinated specialty services: We collaborate closely with other surgeons to seamlessly provide all the services you need. For example, if you also have heart problems, we can perform a combined heart-lung transplant surgery so you need only one operation.

Shorter wait times: Our surgeons have expertise that allow us to accept donor organs that other programs might not be able to use. This means that patients benefit from shorter wait times and a lower waiting-list mortality rate than the national average.

Our areas of care

We offer specialized lung transplant surgeries not typically found elsewhere. Thanks to the expertise of our surgeons and clinical providers, we offer:

Single and double lung transplants: Whether you need one or both lungs transplanted, we provide the full spectrum of care. If you also have cardiac problems, we can add on procedures such as valve replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting during your lung transplant.

Heart-lung transplant: If you also need a heart transplant, we can perform a transplant on both your heart and lungs at the same time. Through close collaboration with our Heart Transplant Program, we offer combined surgeries, so you only need one operation.  

Breathing lung transplant: UCLA surgeons performed the first breathing lung transplant in 2012. Today, we are leading the clinical trial in this advanced technology. Breathing lung transplants use a specialized Organ Care System that allows the donor lungs to continue functioning outside the body during transport.

Conditions we treat

You may be a candidate for a lung transplant if you have advanced lung disease, such as:

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): An inflammatory lung disease that can block airflow and lead to breathing difficulties.

Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) : Chronic blood clots that lead to elevated blood pressure in the arteries.  

Cystic fibrosis: An inherited disease that causes mucus buildup in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. 

Pulmonary fibrosis: Scarring in the lungs that leads to lung stiffness and causes breathing problems. 

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH): A type of elevated blood pressure in which the blood vessels in your lungs narrow, thicken or stiffen.

Pulmonary hypertension: A type of high blood pressure that affects the right side of your heart and the arteries in your lungs.

Sarcoidosis: A disease that causes small clusters of inflamed tissue to form in your lungs. 

Treatments we offer

Our surgeons routinely care for patients who would be turned down by other programs. We have the specialization and resources to care for all types of patients with complex disease, including those who:

Are on the scleroderma spectrum: Scleroderma is a chronic disease that causes thickening of your connective tissues. We are one of only a few programs that offers lung transplants to patients with this condition.  

Need a lung transplant and a cardiac procedure: At some centers, cardiac defects make patients ineligible for a lung transplant. Our surgeons can perform heart surgery and lung transplant in one operation. For example, we may perform cardiac bypass surgery and lung transplantation at the same time.

Require ECMO: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a machine that takes over the work of the lungs and the heart. Our specialists have the capability to place severely ill patients on ECMO while they await an organ for transplant.

Require bridge to transplant: “Bridge to transplant” refers to treatments that keep patients stable until they can receive a transplant. For example, we have the expertise to offer transplants to patients who are on mechanical ventilators, have respiratory failure or right-sided heart failure.

Meet our team

Our lung transplant team includes physicians who are experts in clinical care and research. We paved the way for many advanced lung transplant treatments, including breathing lung transplant. Our specialists conduct research and clinical trials so that we can offer you the most promising therapies and treatment options.

Contact us

Call 310-825-6068 to request an appointment with the Lung Transplant Program at UCLA Health.