Lung Transplants

The UC San Diego Health Lung Transplant Program offers comprehensive and multidisciplinary care focusing on the highest quality. We offer this in a compassionate environment to meet the health care needs of our diverse patients. 

The Highest Quality Care

Our team strives to build on the national recognition we have achieved for excellence in patient care, innovative research and cutting edge therapies. We have performed over 500 lung or heart/lung transplantations since the program began in 1989.

The Lung Transplantation Program is certified by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and Center for Medicare and Medi-Cal Services (CMS). In addition, our program is part of a Pulmonary and Critical Care program that is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Our team provides comprehensive therapeutic options for patients who need a lung transplant, including those with irreversible, life-threatening lung diseases such aschronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)/ alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung diseases and pulmonary hypertension.

We also have expertise in managing complex illnesses, coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease and multi-drug resistant infections. Our transplant teams are experienced in multi-organ transplants as well.

Support for Families

We treat each patient according to their individual needs. Our main goal is to give you options and strategies to improve your health to the most meaningful level possible. Our team of doctors, surgeons, pharmacists, dietician, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists and rehabilitation specialists are here to support you on your journey.

As many of our patients require temporary relocation to San Diego for their medical care, UC San Diego offers lung transplant recipients and their families accommodations at the Bannister Family House.

​Appointments & Referrals

We welcome questions about our program, as well as new referrals and self-referrals. Our program works closely with your current physicians to provide continuity of care and a team approach.

For more information or to refer a patient, call 858-657-5050.

Lung Transplant Specialists

Meet our Physicians