Lung Transplant Team
Transplant Surgeons and Pulmonologists
Transplant surgeons and pulmonologists work together with your local pulmonologist to provide comprehensive medical care to you while waiting for transplant. They will manage your immunosuppression (anti-rejection medication) treatment and other transplant medical issues after your transplant.
Transplant coordinators are responsible for coordinating every aspect of transplant care, from the initial referral through long-term post-transplant care. Your coordinator will organize the review of outside medical records, organize the evaluation process, provide pre-transplant education, schedule pre-transplant clinic visits with any needed follow up tests/procedures, maintain contact with your local physicians during the waiting period and assist in orchestrating the surgical team at the time of transplant. Your coordinator will also manage you and your family education and post-transplant follow-up care, including contact with your local physicians, healthcare facilities and outpatient clinics.
Financial counselors will work with you and your insurance company to facilitate the financial matters concerning transplantation such as identifying transplant benefits, deductibles, life-time maximums, prescription benefits and co-insurances. They are responsible for your education about the financial aspects of transplantation.
Clinical dieticians will work with you and your family to evaluate your nutritional status and develop a plan for good nutrition and achieving your weight goals throughout the transplant process.
Clinical Social Workers
Clinical social workers will conduct a social assessment, discuss available community resources and assist with financial resources such as initiating disability paperwork and fundraising. They can also assist you with finding support groups for you and your family.
Health Psychologists will conduct a psychological assessment, discuss available community resources and work with your transplant team to support you and your family emotionally throughout the transplant process.
Respiratory therapists will assist you with your oxygen needs and respiratory therapies/breathing techniques prior to transplant. They are responsible in educating you on your home spirometer and breathing therapies after transplant.
Transplant pharmacists will work closely with your transplant team to ensure that your medications are optimized and side effects are minimized. They will review your medications at each pre- and post-transplant clinic visit.
Inpatient Transplant Nurses
Inpatient transplant nurses specialize in the care and treatment of heart and lung transplant patients and will provide care to you during your hospital stay. Patients are assigned a primary nurse for their care and education.
Other Physician Consultations
Other physician consults may be required during the transplant evaluation or after transplant to address individual needs. UW Hospital and Clinics has many specialized expert physicians that can be consulted to assist with providing you with the best care possible. Infectious disease, cardiology, dental, endocrine, general surgery and dermatology are just a few of the physician teams available to assist in your care.
Administrators who specialize in managing complex systems in an academic medical center are involved in guiding the transplant program. They support the caregiver team by providing the necessary resources and ensuring processes and procedures are working smoothly.
Others, As Needed
In addition, others are available to provide assistance to patients and their families depending upon their needs. For example, interpreter services can be made available for anyone needing translation services and housing assistance can help, should the patient family need assistance finding temporary housing.