The UVA lung transplant program offers access to the latest innovations in patient care. And our team supports and cares for you before and after your lung transplant.
Get a referral: You can refer yourself or have a doctor refer you. If you have questions or just want to get started:
Lung Transplant Expertise at UVA
Founded in 1990, this program became the first lung program of its kind in Virginia. Since then, the program has performed over 480 lung transplants.
Meet the lung transplant team and find out what to expect: Watch this overview of the lung transplant program at UVA.
A Young Mother's Survival
Tied to an oxygen tank and the mother of twins, Tina Tinsley's daily life as a person with cystic fibrosis took a lot out of her. But it got worse when a lung infection landed her in the hospital, fearing for her life.
Read how Tinsley's journey took her through a lung transplant, recovery and beyond.
New 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 time on the wait list
- Improve outcomes
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
- 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
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.
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 in the months of November and December)
For more information, call 800.257.0757.