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Lung Transplantation

Ohio State's lung transplant program offers patients the confidence in central Ohio's best pulmonary and transplant care, the comfort in knowing a team of pulmonary and transplant experts are working together to create personalized treatments for each patient, and the convenience of a single location for all lung disease and transplant care.

Ohio State performed its first lung transplant in 1998 and its first double lung transplant in 1999, and our pulmonary care is ranked among the nation's best by U.S.News & World Report.

As an academic medical center, the Center participates in clinical trials and research programs that allow our patients access to some of the most leading edge-treatments available anywhere.

For example, we are one of only 17 centers chosen nationwide to participate in the prestigious National Emphysema Treatment Trial to provide lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS). As a result, eligible patients can receive lifesaving treatment that is not available at many other hospitals. We are also the only location in central Ohio providing adult extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to treat patients who have severe respiratory failure. 

Our lung transplant program works in conjunction with Ohio State's Pulmonary Division consisting of  Pulmonary Care, Allergy and Asthma Care, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.

Lung Transplant Referral 
The journey to a transplanted lung, and ultimately a renewed life, begins when you are referred to the CTC's Lung Transplant Program. Initial screenings ensure that you are in appropriate medical condition and have the strength and support to comply with short-term and long-term treatment plans. For more information, please explore the Patient Journey for Lung Transplant patients.

Who Can Be a Candidate
Lung transplantation may be a treatment option for several medical conditions. Some patients may require one lung to be transplanted, while others may require both lungs to be transplanted. Several of the conditions that include lung transplantation as a treatment option are listed below.

Why Candidates Are Not Listed
Screenings before transplant ensure that you are in good medical and psychological health and that you have the motivation and support to comply with treatment plans. Potential recipients must be substance free, including tobacco and nicotine, for at least six months before being listed for transplant. Metastatic cancer, active infection, or other severe medical problems may prevent listing for lung transplantation.

The Gift of Life
Replacement lungs come from deceased donors. If you wish to receive a lung transplant and the Comprehensive Transplant Center team determines that you are an appropriate candidate for the procedure, you will be placed on a waiting list until a compatible organ becomes available. The CTC partners with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Ohio Solid Organ Consortium and Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement to find donors for patients.

Learn More About Ohio State's Transplant Program
The potential for lung transplant varies from patient to patient. There are several benefits as well as commitments that come with lung transplantation. Your transplant team will discuss these with you.

Current Patients:

For more information about lung transplantation, please call or write the lung transplant office:
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
410 W. 10th Ave., 8th Floor Doan Hall
Columbus, OH 43210
614-293-5822 or 866-204-3411

Physician Referral Form​