The University of Minnesota Health lung transplant program is one of the largest and most successful in the United States. We have one of the highest-volume lung transplant centers in the nation. In addition, we have one of the shortest wait list times in the nation. Since 1986, University of Minnesota Health surgeons have performed more than 800 lung and heart-lung transplants, with excellent results. Our innovative program includes Minnesota’s first lung transplant, first heart/lung transplant and the first living donor lung transplant. In 2013, our cardiothoracic surgery team performed the first “breathing lung” transplant in the Midwest, using technology to keep the donated lungs warm and breathing before transplant, thus increasing the chance for a good outcome. Our physicians are also pioneers in the use of lung transplantation to reduce the impact of cystic fibrosis and other lung diseases.
Physicians at the Center for Lung Science and Health at University of Minnesota Health diagnose, treat and provide follow-up services for patients with a broad spectrum of lung diseases. We also have special teams dedicated to cystic fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. Our pulmonology program is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its high quality, and we are known for our expertise and compassionate care.
Many of our physicians are involved in research, seeking better diagnosis and treatment options for people with lung disease. Research-based care results in outstanding care and the best possible outcomes for patients.