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Lung Transplantation Information

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Lung transplantation is a treatment used to address lung failure, which occurs when the lungs are incapable of efficiently removing carbon dioxide from and transferring oxygen into the blood stream. Tampa General Hospital’s Lung Transplant Program offers lung transplantation for adults who are experiencing lung failure due to a wide range of conditions.

We specialize in performing transplants for patients who have been diagnosed with two of the most common causes of lung failure – cystic fibrosis and pulmonary fibrosis. Our Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program is the largest of its type in the state, and it is certified by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. TGH’s Lung Transplant Program is notable for the many accomplishments it has made since it was implemented in 2002.

We have performed hundreds of single and double lung transplants using an interdisciplinary approach to lung transplantation. That means that physicians who specialize in areas like pulmonology, nephrology, and cardiology are all involved in multiple transplant programs at TGH, giving them the experience necessary to help high-risk patients that other programs may not be able to accommodate. Here are some important facts about our hospital and our lung transplant program:​Best hospitals award

  • TGH is one of only four active lung transplantation programs in Florida, and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's Best Hospitals for Pulmonology.
  • TGH ranks as one of the top 10 busiest lung transplantation centers in the nation and one of the leaders in Florida because our program has historically completed a higher than average number of transplants per year since 2006.
  • According to Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) data, patients in TGH’s Lung Transplant Program typically have impressive one-month survival rates, one-year survival rates, and three-year survival rates– all of which either exceed or are comparable to national survival rates for lung transplants statistical averages.
  • The time to lung transplantation for patients in TGH’s Lung Transplant Program is among the shortest in the nation, thanks to our partnership with LifeLink Foundation, Inc., a nationally recognized organ procurement program. Based on the latest SRTR data, a number of our patients are typically transplanted within an average of less than a year of being listed.

When physicians refer potential lung transplantation candidates to TGH, the patients are evaluated based on the information included on their transplant referral form and other factors.