Lung

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The lung transplant program started in 1994. Since the program’s inception, physicians have successfully performed more than 600 lung transplants. Our center is home to the first adult, first pediatric and first heart-lung transplants in Florida. The UF Health Transplant Center performed the first re-transplant in the state and the first transplant for ventilator-dependent patients.

Our center has recently averaged over 40 transplants per year. The UF lung transplant program has an average wait list time of 3 months, which compares favorably to the state average of 6 months.  Our one-year survival rate of 89.09% exceeds the national average. 

Our transplant team has expertise in innovative technologies of ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) as a means to recondition donor lungs. This technology expands the availability of donor lungs, allowing more lives to be saved. Additionally, our team has expertise in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) which serves as a bridge to transplantation. The ECMO device takes over the lungs’ responsibility of breathing when the patient’s own lungs are failing. This provides the transplant team additional time to seek a suitable donor while the patient has the potential to undergo physical therapy.

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Learn more about statistics and oucomes in this SRTR data report.