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Lung Transplantation

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Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center

Appointments & Referrals


We welcome new referrals by physicians and self-referrals. Our program works closely with your current doctors to provide continuity of care and a team approach.

As part of San Diego's only academic health system, our physicians and researchers are on the leading edge of providing lung transplantation for patients with advanced lung diseases.

We offer this in a compassionate environment to meet the individual needs of our diverse patients.

Our Lung Transplant Specialists

Why Choose Us?

U.S. News & World Report -- UC San Diego Health Ranked Nationally in Pulmonology and Lung Surgery
  • The highest quality care. Our team builds on our national recognition for excellence in patient care as well as innovative research and new therapies. The lung transplantation program is certified by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which manages the nation's organ transplant system and includes the waitlist.
  • Experience. UC San Diego Health is a regional leader in lung transplantation, with over 500 transplants performed since 1990. We are the only hospital system in San Diego County with a lung transplant program.
  • A national leader. Our program is part of a Pulmonary and Critical Care specialty that is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. And we are ranked #1 in the nation for one-year patient survival rates among programs with 50 to 75 lung transplants performed, and #3 among all lung transplant programs.

The lung transplant team at UC San Diego Health performed San Diego County’s first transplant surgery with lungs donated after cardiac death, an approach that could mean more opportunities to save the lives of those in critical need of new lungs.

Who Needs a Lung Transplant?

Patients who need a lung transplant include those with irreversible, life-threatening lung diseases such as:

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

Support for Patients and 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 is here to support you before, during and after your transplant, including:

  • Transplant surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Pulmonologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Dietitians
  • Social workers
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Rehabilitation specialists

We routinely communicate with your doctor's office to get your medical history and keep them informed about your condition throughout the transplant process.

We also have compassionate coordinators who guide you on your lung transplant journey. They keep you informed about all the information and tests needed for evaluation, listing and post-transplant care. The coordinator continues to follow you after surgery and one is always on call 24/7 for urgent matters.

Many of our patients need to relocate to San Diego temporarily for their medical care. UC San Diego Health offers lung transplant recipients and their families comfortable and affordable housing at the Bannister Family House.