Paul F. Harron, Jr. Lung Center

Lung Transplantation: The Penn Difference

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 lung transplant program at Penn Medicine, part of the Penn Transplant Institute's multi-organ transplant center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, has established a national reputation with a number of noteworthy attributes.

  • Over the past five years, Penn has performed more than double the number of lung transplants than any transplant program in the Philadelphia region. It has one of the most experienced teams in the nation.
  • In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania¬†eleventh in the nation for pulmonology.
  • Patients have access to clinical trials and emerging research for advanced lung disease and lung transplantation.
  • Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • A specialized team of lung transplant pulmonologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurse practitioners, chest radiologists, physical and respiratory therapists, financial counselors and social workers are dedicated to caring for patients and their loved ones through the transplant process.
  • Dedicated financial counselors and social workers help patients and their families prepare for costs associated with transplant care.
  • care contracts with all major insurance providers and the ability to negotiate individual contracts when needed.
  • survival rates that consistently meet or exceed national expectations*.
  • A streamlined referral process and standard three-day patient evaluation designed to safely and efficiently move patients through the transplant listing process.
  • Lodging for out-of-town patients and families at the new Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House.

* Data source: UNOS/Scientific Registry of Transplant, For Patients Receiving their First Transplant between 07/01/2007 and 12/31/2009 for the 1 Month and 1 Year Cohorts; and between 07/01/2004 and 12/31/2007 for the 3 Year Cohort. SRTR data last published: January 2011.