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Lung transplantation is reserved for a person who suffers from lung failure, which occurs when the lungs can no longer move oxygen and carbon dioxide efficiently in and out of the cells in the body. Tampa General Hospital’s Lung Transplant Center specializes in performing transplants for adult patients who have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and pulmonary fibrosis, two leading causes of lung failure.

In 2017, TGH’s Lung Transplant Program performed its 500th adult lung transplant - a milestone that only 25 other transplant centers in the country have achieved. The first lung transplant was performed in 2002. Additionally, TGH has performed more than 11,000 organ transplants overall, with shorter wait times and world-class outcomes, and we are ranked #5 in the nation for organ transplant volume.

Both single and double lung transplants are performed at TGH. The program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to transplant care by incorporating physicians with expertise in pulmonology, cardiology, nephrology, gastroenterology, and infectious disease who are also involved in multiple TGH transplant programs. Because of this method, TGH’s Lung Transplant Program has survival rates that meet or exceed national survival rate statistics, according to the latest data released from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients in July 2015. TGH, named by U.S. News & World Report as a High Performing Hospital for Pulmonology & Lung Surgery for 2021-22, operates one of only four active lung transplant programs in Florida. Some notable facts about our program include:

  • Our program’s longest-surviving lung recipient has survived more than 12 years.
  • TGH is one of the leaders in lung transplantation in Florida and is one of the top 10 lung transplant centers in the nation.

  • Thanks to our partnership with LifeLink Foundation, Inc., a nationally recognized organ procurement organization, our time to transplant is among the shortest in the nation and in Florida. To see specific data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients on lung transplants at TGH, click here. 

Potential lung transplantation candidates are evaluated on an individual basis, based on the information contained in a physician-submitted transplant referral form, as well as other factors.

Contact Tampa General Hospital for more information about our lung replacement program. Call 1-800-505-7769 (press 3 for the lung transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator).