There are many reasons why patients and their families choose Penn Medicine for a lung transplant. Read about our exceptional patient outcomes and our commitment to quality patient care and safety.


Patients, family and friends came together to celebrate Penn's 1,000th lung transplant and to discuss what their transplant means to them.

Why Patients Choose Penn Medicine's Lung Transplant Program

Since the program's beginning in 1991, more than 1000 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:

  • Founded in 1991, Penn is home to one of the most experienced lung transplant 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, transplant nurse coordinators, 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 expedited evaluation process 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.
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