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Lung Transplant

A breath of fresh hope for those most in need.

For more than 20 years, our lung transplant program has given new hope to people of all ages who struggle with life's most essential function. To date, UNC has performed more than 350 single- or double-lung transplants. UNC performs lung transplants for the entire spectrum of respiratory diseases, and is known around the world for having one of the most successful cystic fibrosis transplant programs. UNC is also one of only a few programs in the world conducting research in the field of ex-vivo lung perfusion.

Making an Outpatient Referral

To make an appointment for evaluation, or to ask questions about a specific patient, call the lung transplant office at 984-974-9950, or toll-free at 888-263-5293. To refer by fax, dial 984-974-6822.

Lung Transplant Referral Fax Form

Making an Inpatient Referral

To make an inpatient referral, please call the Transfer Center at 1-800-806-1968.

You may also contact lung transplant staff directly using the information below:

Ken Davis, RN, Transplant Coordinator
Phone: 984-974-7581
Fax: 984-974-6822
Email: Ken.Davis@unchealth.unc.edu

Lisa Pendergraph, Transplant Admin Associate
Phone: 984-974-7589
Fax: 984-974-6822
Email: Lisa.Pendergraph@unchealth.unc.edu

Candy Anderson, Transplant Financial Coordinator
Phone: 984-974-7513
Fax: 984-974-7382
Kim Abu-Bakr, Transplant Financial Coordinator
Phone: 984-974-5206
Fax: 984-974-7382

Candidacy for Lung Transplant

At UNC, our goal is always to see potential lung transplant candidates as early as possible in the course of disease, before additional complications weaken the patient and reduce the chance of recovery from the surgery and extensive rehabilitation.

Lung transplantation may be necessary for children and adults with end-stage pulmonary parenchymal or vascular disease and a life expectancy of less than 24 months. Patients with end-stage lung disease who don’t respond to medical therapies are the best candidates for lung transplantation if:

  • They are less than 65-years-old
  • They have no other serious non-pulmonary diseases or active infections (such as HIV or hepatitis)
  • They are strong enough to undertake the lengthy surgery and long recovery time

Most commonly, double-lung transplant patients have the following conditions:

  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • COPD/Emphysema
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Certain end-stage lung diseases
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