lung transplant doctors in lung transplant support group

Lung Transplant

You need a lung transplant. At UVA, you'll find the UVA Transplant Center offers the latest innovations, technology and trusted specialists. 

But what truly sets us apart: Our team. We care for you as an individual, before, during and after your lung transplant. You'll experience a community environment unique to UVA.

The result? Outcomes that rate, year after year, 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 don't 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. W'e'll try to help you address or improve health problems before the surgery. 

Learn more about what the evaluation process entails.

Supportive Care for Lung Transplant Patients

Patrick Gutekenst shares his experience with choosing UVA for his lung transplant. The support group helped Patrick feel more confident in his decision. He now enjoys life with more energy than before. View lung transcript.

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 don't get used. Surgeons can't tell how damaged they are. EVLP could allow us to heal injured lungs and give them to patients in need.

Learn about our efforts to increase the number of lungs available to save more lives.