Penn Transplant Institute

The Penn Difference

Why Patients Choose Penn Medicine's Lung Transplant Program

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 including:

  • 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 is one of the most experienced teams in the nation.
  • The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the United States and among the nation's leaders in pulmonary disorders by U.S. News & World Report.
  • 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; all dedicated to caring for patients and their loved ones through the transplant process.
  • Dedicated financial counselors and social workers who help patients and their families prepare for costs associated with transplant care.
  • Patient care contracts with all major insurance providers and the ability to negotiate individual contracts when needed.
  • Patient survival rates that consistently meet or exceed national averages*.
  • 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 Recipients (SRTR). For Patients Receiving their First Transplant of this type between 01/01/2008 and 06/30/2010 for the 1 Month and 1 Year Models; between 07/01/2005 and 12/31/2007 for the 3 Year Model. SRTR data last published: July 2011.