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Advanced Lung Disease Transplant Services

Lung Transplant and Heart-Lung Transplant

Stanford's Lung Transplant Program has one of the highest outcome records in the United States and provides consistently superior patient care. Our multidisciplinary team of experts has performed over 400 lung transplants and 200 heart-lung transplants including the world's first successful heart-lung transplantation procedure in 1981.

The Stanford Lung Transplant Program continues to advance research in the field. Our program was the first to use a living related donor for lung transplantation and is exploring new methods for preserving the lung prior to transplantation and for detecting and treating rejection.

Lung Transplant Program Highlights

  • Shorter length of post-surgery hospitalization
  • Multidisciplinary team including specialists from dermatology, endocrinology, and GI
  • Comprehensive resources including dieticians, pharmacists, and social workers, available for life
  • Financial counselors to help patients find the most cost effective approach to transplantation
  • Resources for practical needs, such as parking, housing, and travel
  • Support groups and educational programs for patients and caregivers
  • Mentoring from other transplant patients
  • Exceptional coordinators-to-patient ratio

Patient Stories

Milton Gilmer and his wife, DonnaMilton Gilmer, who lives on a 300-acre ranch in Montana with his wife, Donna, was able to undergo a heart-lung transplant at Stanford Hospital after his medical insurance removed its lifetime caps on coverage, as required under health care reform. Read the full story »


Anabel Stenzel and her twin, Isabel Stenzel-Byrnes, were born with cystic fibrosis. Thanks to the donor families' selfless gifts, and the Stanford Hospital & Clinics Lung Transplant team, the twins now survive and thrive.

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