Why Choose UW Health for Lung Transplant?

Nationally-Recognized Leader

Our program is one of the most active and successful lung transplant programs in the country and has gained national, and international, recognition for leadership in transplant surgery and care of transplant patients. Since the program began in 1988, more than 1,000 patients have been offered a second chance of life through lung transplantation.
UW Health's lung transplant program is one of the few lung transplant programs in the United States that is actively performing lung transplants on behalf of the Veterans Administration (VA). Our program is certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
A note to patients: You must receive your transplant at a CMS approved center to be eligible for medication coverage for transplant-related medications through medicare or medicaid at any time in the future, even if you are not using CMS benefits at the time of transplant.

Innovation, Research and Leading-edge Technology

Our transplant program is part of an academic medical center with research and teaching as part of its mission. This environment allows for leading-edge medication protocols, technology, organ recovery techniques, surgical techniques and post-transplant care. 

Excellent Patient Success

UW Health transplant has consistently led the nation in patient outcomes despite taking patients whose conditions are so complex that other centers would not consider them for transplant. Proof of the program's effectiveness can be seen in statistics comparing the performance of UW Health with all other transplant programs, as tracked by International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Registry (ISHLT).
Our program's expertise can also be demonstrated through our success with patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). In the past seven years, we have successfully transplanted and discharged 26 cystic fibrosis patients, with a one-year survival rate of 96 percent.

Compassionate, Customized Patient Care

The UW Health transplant team is proud to provide world-class care that is tailored for each patient. Patients receive support throughout the entire transplantation process, including the decision-making process, evaluation, waiting period, surgery and hospitalization, and follow-up care after surgery. Patients are educated thoroughly on how to care for themselves after a transplant to ensure the return to quality-of-life.

Knowledge and Expertise

The highly experienced transplant staff is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for transplant patients and creating the future of transplantation. Our multi-disciplinary team of highly experienced healthcare providers work together to provide patients with the best outcome possible. The team approach allows us to provide our patients with customized, comprehensive care and ensures the continuity of care. The core team of physicians and nurses have remained mostly constant since the beginning of the UW Health lung transplant program.

Wait Time to Transplant

While the patient's wait time for a lung transplant can vary greatly, our program's average wait time is typically less than the national average. See how UW Health compares to other organizations for lung transplant.