Paul F. Harron Jr. Lung Center

Lung Transplantation


Penn Medicine is currently home to the area's only lung transplant program. Since the program's beginning in 1991, more than 750 successful lung transplants have been performed and the lives of many patients have been dramatically improved.

The Penn Transplant Institute is also one of the few centers in the region to perform multi-organ transplants, such as heart-lung or liver-lung transplants.

A Surgical Option for Advanced Lung Disease

Lung transplantation is a treatment option for patients whose lung disease has advanced to the point that medical treatment is no longer an option. Penn's Lung Transplant Program strives to improve survival and quality of life for patients with advanced lung diseases by compassionately delivering leading-edge care. Lung transplants may be a treatment option for many lung diseases, including but not limited to:

  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Sarcoidosis

Patients who may be helped by a lung transplant undergo an extensive evaluation by the Penn Lung Transplant Team. Based on the evaluation results, the lung transplant team decides whether or not a lung transplant is appropriate as the best therapeutic option.

If transplant is not an option, the Penn Lung Transplant Program works with patients to identify other potential treatment options to improve their quality of life.

Unique Model of Care

Penn Medicine's multidisciplinary lung transplantation team conducts a thorough initial evaluation to determine if transplantation should be performed. The same team cares for the patient after the transplantation has been performed.

At other institutions, patients may not have the benefit of the same care team before, during and after transplant. Penn firmly believes this continuum of care offers patients the best expertise and knowledge available for optimal patient care.

Transplant House Offers Comfort to Patients and Their Families

The Clyde F. Barker Transplant House offers comfortable accommodations and convenient services to transplant patients and their families who might be coming from far away for treatment. Located near the hospital at 3940 Spruce Street, the Transplant House features many of the comforts of home at a nominal cost to residents, including:

  • Furnished rooms with double beds
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Telephone liaison to the transplant floor
  • Shuttle to the hospital