Lung Transplant/Lung Failure
Led by Dr. Jonathan D'Cunha, Chief of Divsion of Lung Transpantion/Lung Failure, the team of transplant surgeons, pulmonolgists, transplant nurse coordinators, social workers, and other specialists at UPMC provide surgical care that sets itself apart from other programs. Our physicians are pioneers in the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and novel strategies to deliver oxygen to the blood of patients in desperate need of lung transplantation. In addition, our program performed the first ex vivo lung perfusion (ELVP) on the east coast and continues to work with other leading centers in defining the future of this exciting technology that allows us to evaluate and use many lungs that previously would have been deemed unsuitable for transplant, thereby easing the organ shortage for recipients with end-stage lung disease. Finally, the Section of Lung Transplant/Lung Failure prides itself on short wait times, carefully developed clinical pathways, and pre- and post-transplant long-term follow-up, contributing to our success in over 1,700 patients whom have received lung transplants in our institution.