Lung Transplant

Lung transplantation is a procedure for end-stage lung disease to replace a diseased organ with a healthier one from a deceased organ donor. It is an option used to improve the health and prolong survival of patients. Lung transplant can benefit patients with diseases such as cystic fibrosis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), pulmonary arterial hypertension, autoimmune-related advanced lung disease, sarcoidosis, and silicosis. Patients must be referred by their local pulmonologist and their records reviewed. Once accepted for potential transplant, patients are extensively evaluated in a clinic visit. If they qualify, they are listed for transplant and seen in clinic every three months. Transplant surgery generally lasts 4 to 12 hours, followed by 8 to 24 hours of stabilization in an intensive care unit (ICU) in the hospital. Recovery will be in the Heart and Lung Transplant ICU (HTICU). When well enough, patients are discharged to local housing for several weeks for outpatient follow-up care. 

UAB is one of about 65 active lung transplantation centers in the United States, and is among the 10 busiest centers in the nation. Internationally known as one of America’s top transplant centers, UAB has performed more than 15,000 organ transplants since 1968, and we are widely recognized for our outstanding patient outcomes, dedication to patient care, and pioneering achievements in lung transplantation.


  • Why Choose UAB for Transplant
    Why Choose UAB for Transplant
    Convenience, innovation, and expanded access to organs set the UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute apart in providing the highest caliber of care to our patients.
  • Cooper Pierce | Heart, Double-Lung Transplant
    Cooper Pierce | Heart, Double-Lung Transplant
  • Organ Donation | Recycling Life
    Organ Donation | Recycling Life
  • ECMO | Walking the Walk
    ECMO | Walking the Walk
  • Transplant Social and Financial Matters: Andrew Abele, social worker, and Erin Carter, financial associate
    Transplant Social & Financial Matters

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