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Patient-Centered Lung Transplant Care

Personalized medicine. That’s what it’s all about at the University of Chicago Medicine. When a lung transplant may be an option for you, you can come here knowing that we will do everything in our power to provide individualized care in a holistic manner--because we know that there is no one-size-fits-all formula for transplant care. We will tailor your treatment specifically to you, depending on your condition and how it affects your life. Our team extends to include some of the world's leading experts on diseases that may require lung transplant, including cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and pulmonary fibrosis. These University of Chicago Medicine specialists may be part of your treatment team before and after your transplant.

Throughout this process, from initial evaluation through recovery, we will work to create a plan that will optimize your care. We understand that our words can only go so far in making you feel comfortable coming to us for treatment. So we’ve asked some of our current and former patients to share their stories.

Josie Nordman

Living Life to the Fullest
Josie Nordman was born with cystic fibrosis, a disease that affects the lungs and eventually leads to respiratory failure. In July 2012, Nordman's lung capacity was down to 15 percent. Thanks to a bilateral lung transplant the following summer, Nordman is now an active college student.

Lisa Wright, pictured pre-transplant with her grandson.

Poster Child for a Successful Lung Transplant
After Lisa Wright was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis three and a half years ago, she feared she had just six months to live. Her brother had died of the same condition, and she assumed the worst. However, instead of giving up, she changed her lifestyle and turned to the University of Chicago, where a multidisciplinary transplant team helped her every step of the way.

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ECMO is a Bridge to Transplant

Our expectation is to achieve transplantation for all our candidates.

Our expectation is to achieve transplantation for all our candidates. We have a successful bridge to transplant program that saves lives of people awaiting transplant. It utilizes a modified heart-lung machine that both oxygenates and pumps blood, which allows the heart and lungs to rest. This process is called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Our team has successfully used ECMO to help patients awaiting lung transplant survive when their lungs and/or heart aren’t working as they should. Learn more about ECMO.

Whether you have a straightforward condition or a very complex case, our lung transplant specialists have the expertise to help you. Learn more about our physicians and how they are pioneers in transplantation and are currently optimizing care standards internationally and making advanced procedures a reality.