Lung Transplant Program

Part of a pulmonary disease program ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report, Barnes-Jewish Hospital's lung transplant program in St. Louis offers a depth of clinical and research experience and an array of leading-edge pulmonary care.

Leader in lung transplantation surgery

In 1988, Barnes-Jewish Hospital became one of the first hospitals in the United States with a program fully dedicated to lung transplantation surgery. Our lung transplant program is one of the world's largest with more than 1,500 adult transplant surgeries performed. The hospital also was the first in Missouri to perform a simultaneous heart and lung transplant.


  • Lung Transplant Program Start: 1988
  • More than 1,500 lung transplants performed
  • One of the largest and most renowned lung transplant program in the United States
  • One of the first lung transplant programs in the country
  • Survival rates meet or exceed national averages
  • First in Missouri to perform a simultaneous heart and lung transplant

Today, Barnes-Jewish and Washington University thoracic surgeons perform 55-60 lung transplants each year, garnering worldwide recognition.

The innovative lung-volume reduction surgical technique, which is designed to help patients with emphysema breathe more easily, was pioneered at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. More than 250 patients suffering from emphysema have undergone this procedure since the program was started in 1993.

X-ray image of lungs before transplant X-ray image os lungs 21 days post-transplant
X-ray images of a cystic fibrosis patient. Left:Pre-transplant x-ray; Right: 21 days post-transplant. Note the cloudiness in the left image, which is not present after lung transplant surgery (right image).

Exceptional Lung Transplant Success Rates

Despite taking on some of the most challenging cases the lung transplant program has achieved very strong survival rates. The substantially higher survival rates for all single and bilateral lung transplant recipients distinguish Barnes-Jewish Hospital from other institutions.

Comprehensive Pulmonary Care

Upon entering the lung transplant program, each patient is assigned a lung transplant nurse coordinator to facilitate communication before and after transplant. A full spectrum of pulmonary care is available every day of the week.Our pulmonary specialists skillfully care for patients waiting for lung transplantation with an unequaled commitment and passion. Because of our integrated pulmonary care team approach and medical and surgical expertise, our lung specialists are often able to develop strategies for patients that postpone their need for a lung transplant – sometimes forever.

As patients prepare for transplant, our lung transplant team guides them through each step, answering questions and linking them to other resources as needed.

Another unique feature of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's lung transplant program is that we follow our patients for the life of their transplant for continuity of care. Our patients also benefit from the support groups and the mentor program we offer.

Advanced Treatments & Pulmonary Care

Washington University lung transplant specialists at Barnes-Jewish Hospital are recognized as pioneers in the development of many surgical and medical innovations for treating patients with advanced lung disease, including:

  • Single-lung transplantation for emphysema and pulmonary hypertension
  • Bilateral sequential approach to double-lung transplantation for emphysema and cystic fibrosis
  • The use of nitric oxide to manage reperfusion lung injury (injury that may occur when restoring blood flow to the lung) after transplantation
  • Lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema, which may be used as a "bridge" to transplantation or eliminate the need for lung transplantation

Shaping the Future Through Research

Patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital benefit from active basic and clinical research laboratories investigating a variety of aspects of end-stage lung disease and lung transplantation. Particular areas of interest for our lung transplant physicians include the ongoing development and refinement of immunosuppressive therapy to prevent rejection and reperfusion lung injury.

Helping Patients Regain Their Health

Specialists on the lung transplant team work together to help patients get their lives back. With pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, as well as dedicated nurse coordinators, a social worker, dietitian, financial specialist and a host of other experts, we offer one of the largest lung transplant teams in the country. As patients prepare for a lung transplant, we guide them through each step, answering questions and linking them to other resources as needed.

For more information on the lung transplant program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call [Dynamic_Phone_Number].

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