Our team sees each patient as part of the UCLA family. We care for each lung transplant patients throughout your lifetime, a relationship that includes your family members and caregivers.
We carefully consider each patient as an individual. We work closely with you before, during and after lung transplant or heart/lung transplant. Read more about our approach to care.
To learn more about lung transplant lists and the lung transplant match process, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) provides a toll-free patient services line to:
The toll-free number for UNOS is 888-894-6361.
A life-saving lung transplant or heart/lung transplant is a major undertaking with very serious implications. Before patients are listed for a lung transplant, they undergo an evaluation. Steps include:
While most of our patients come from southern California, where we are the referral center for Kaiser Permanente, many also come to UCLA from northern California and other states in UNOS Region 5, including Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii and Oregon. A small number of international patients travel to UCLA for evaluation.
Learn more about the evaluation and lung transplant procedure.
Once patients have been accepted as a transplant candidate, they are placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing list to await an available donor organ. Please remember that:
After a lung transplant, most patients remain in the hospital for 10 to 14 days before discharge. After you are discharged from the hospital, you will need to stay in the Los Angeles area (if you live far away) for a while - usually about three months - for follow-up appointments and monitoring.
Your UCLA nursing and support team will help you identify local housing during this time. Learn more about lodging and nearby services, including the UCLA Tiverton House.
Our team provides lifelong follow-up after transplant at intervals specified by your physician, unless specific arrangements are made to transfer your care to a UNOS-certified lung transplant program where you live.
Learn more about the period after the lung transplantation procedure.
Patients often continue to receive follow-up care and monitoring from our physicians for years to come. Long after your procedure is completed, you will remain a member of the UCLA transplant family.
In fact, we were fortunate in 2015 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of UCLA's first lung transplant with Julie Hancock, the recipient of that transplant - then a mother of two, now a grandmother of five and still going strong.