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Lung Transplant at UVA

Lung Transplant

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:

  • Contact our referral coordinator at 800.257.0757
  • Ask your primary care doctor or pulmonologist to complete a referral form 
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Lung Transplant at UVA

Lung Transplant

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:

  • Contact our referral coordinator at 800.257.0757
  • Ask your primary care doctor or pulmonologist to complete a referral form 

Lung Transplant Expertise at UVA

  • Watch this video about the lung transplant team

    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.

    Watch this video and find out more about the lung transplant program at UVA. 

Lung Transplant Patient Stories
Mother With a Lung Transplant

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 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.

Lung Transplant at UVA

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.

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.

Make an Appointment

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