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Lung Transplant

The lung transplant program at the UVA Transplant Center gives you access to the latest innovations and advanced transplant technologies.

What truly makes us different from other programs: Our highly trained specialists focus on treating you as an individual, before, during and after your lung transplant. This consistent support creates a community environment unique to UVA.

Expertise, experience and individualized care together help us provide outcomes that, year after year, rate well above the national average.

Team Approach to Lung Transplant

Founded in 1990, this program became the first lung program of its kind in Virginia. Since then, we've performed over 480 lung transplants. View lung transplant transcript.

Am I Eligible for a Lung Transplant?

Lung transplants treat a range of lung diseases that do not respond to other treatments. Pulmonary conditions that qualify include: 

  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Factors that could disqualify you, due to the high risk of complications, include:

  • Untreatable dysfunction in other organs
  • Active use of nicotine products (including nicotine patches, chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes, vaping)
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Recent history of active cancer
  • Obesity 

During the evaluation process, we'll determine if transplant alternatives exist or if we can help you address or improve health problems before the surgery. 

Learn more about what the evaluation process entails.

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Lung Transplant Support

The Heart and Lung Transplant Support Group welcomes patients, family members and friends. When: The fourth Thursday of every month, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (except November and December)
Call 800.257.0757
Saving Lungs: Research at UVA

Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP) takes unsuitable lungs and rehabilitates them into a healthy, usable state.

With EVLP, we hope to:

  • Increase the number of available donor lungs
  • Reduce the time patients wait for new lungs
  • Improve outcomes for lung transplant patients

Most lungs from donors who die outside of the hospital go unused, because surgeons can't tell the amount of damage they've undergone. EVLP could allow us to heal injured lungs and give them to patients in need.

Learn about our research efforts and how we're using federal grants to increase the number of lungs available to save more lives.