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Lung Transplant Program

The lung transplant program at UK Transplant Center has completed more than 400 transplants since it was founded in 1991. We offer single-lung and double-lung transplant for adults and children with a variety of life-limiting lung diseases, including cystic fibrosis with end-stage lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We also offer combined heart and lung transplants. 

Our team of cardiothoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, pharmacists and nurses works together to determine the appropriate treatment options for each patient, while social workers and support staff help our patients and their families throughout the transplant process — before, during and after surgery. In fact, we utilize ambulatory extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a technique that provides oxygen support as a bridge to transplant for patients with advanced lung disease.

  • Locations

    Clinics

    Medical Plaza East

    UK Transplant & Specialty Clinic

    Medical Plaza East
    Suite 150
    3 Audubon Plaza Drive
    Louisville KY 40217

    Services available: Heart, Lung, Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, Living Donor

    UK Transplant Center

    Kentucky Clinic building

    Kentucky Clinic

    Third Floor, Wing D, Room J301
    740 S. Limestone
    Lexington KY 40536
    Fax 859-323-1700

    transplant@email.uky.edu - Note that this email is not secure and should not be used to send personal health information.

    Services available: Lung, Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, Living Donor

  • About lung transplant

    Lung transplantation is a type of surgery to remove a diseased lung and replace it with a healthy lung. In the majority of lung transplantation surgeries, the healthy lung comes from a deceased donor. However, in some rare cases (usually involving lung transplantations in children) two living donors provide a lobe of lung tissue to form a whole lung for the recipient. Lung transplantations can be single or double replacements.

    In the case of single lung transplantation, an incision is made on the same side of the lung to be replaced while the patient is under anesthesia and hooked up to a ventilator. The unhealthy lung is removed through the incision and replaced with the healthy lung. With double lung transplantation surgery, an incision is made in the lower chest that extends from side to side and each diseased lung is removed and replaced one at a time. Typically, a single lung transplantation surgery lasts from four to eight hours and a double lung transplantation surgery lasts from six to 12 hours with the patient remaining in the hospital for seven to 14 days or longer.

  • Make An Appointment

    Current Patients

    If you are a patient and need to reach a member of your transplant team, please contact us at:

    Lung Transplant Team

    Toll-free: 866-285-4337, option 5   
    Local: 859-323-3408 

  • Double-lung transplant breathes new life into Winchester woman

    Lung transplant patient Glenda Brown.Glenda Brown used to wake up in the middle of the night starved for breath. Seeking relief, she'd race to throw open her bedroom window just to inhale a rush of cold air to soothe her cramping chest.

    Diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, in 2001, the 62-year-old Winchester resident spent nearly two decades fighting for each breath. Like many of her generation, Brown says she began smoking when she was just 17 years old.

    Read Glenda's story »