The Penn Transplant Institute is dedicated to serving as a resource for physicians and their patients. Penn's multidisciplinary team leads the region in the total number of transplants performed and is ranked among the top 10 multi-organ transplant centers in the country.
Physician Services with Penn PhysicianLink®
Penn PhysicianLink® is an exclusive program that helps all referring physicians connect with Penn Medicine. This comprehensive package of support services expedites and facilitates direct physician communication for patient consults, referrals, transfers and appointments.
Initiating the Lung Evaluation Process
Once pertinent medical records are received and reviewed, patients are called to schedule a consultation appointment. The following information should be sent including:
- Cardiology study reports
- CT scans
- Hospital discharge summaries
- Pulmonary function studies
- Reports of chest X-rays
- Summary of active medical problems
All tests required for evaluation can be scheduled at Penn Medicine if necessary. The Penn Lung Transplant Program is a member of United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a Medicare-approved transplant center and a center of excellence for a number of insurance companies. Penn's program has contacts with most major insurance companies and the ability to negotiate individual contracts when needed.
Records can be faxed or mailed to the Lung Transplant Office:
Penn Lung Center Lung Transplant Office
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
West Pavilion, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
All patient records are promptly reviewed and, if appropriate, a consultation visit is scheduled. The waiting time for consultation appointments is two to three weeks, but the lung transplant evaluation team can accommodate urgent visits. At the time of the first visit, patients should bring actual copies of recent chest X-rays and other relevant radiographic studies (such as CT scans) and, if applicable, lung biopsy slides. If deemed an appropriate candidate for lung transplant at the time of the initial visit, patients are scheduled to complete a three-day series of outpatient testing to determine suitability for transplantation. Referring physicians are provided with a comprehensive written report summarizing the first visit and all subsequent testing.
Patients who do not meet the criteria for lung transplant consultation can be seen by any of the specialists at the Penn Lung Center for a second opinion or disease management. The transplant staff helps coordinate the referral. Penn's transplant team is always available to discuss the candidacy of any prospective lung transplant patient.
Communication with Referring Physicians
Communication with referring physicians is a top priority for the Penn Lung Transplant Team. Referring physicians are called at the time of transplant and are updated on the patient's hospital course. Continuing communication regarding patient status is sent via letters at the time of follow-up office visits. Team members are also available via cell phone or e-mail to answer any questions or discuss a patient.