Tampa General Performs 400th Lung Transplant

Published: Aug 18, 2014

August 12, 2014 (Tampa, FL) - Physicians at Tampa General Hospital (TGH) marked a milestone Aug. 4 when they performed the hospital’s 400th lung transplant. The eight-and-one-half hour double-lung transplant surgery was performed on a 68-year-old retired New York state DOT inspector who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema. He was placed on the organ wait list last October. TGH’s program, which offers single-lung and double-lung transplants, is one of only four active lung transplant programs in Florida. The hospital’s first lung transplant took place on June 19, 2002. In 2013, TGH surgeons performed 33 lung transplants and 26 patients have undergone lung transplants so far this year. According the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) most recent rankings, Tampa General’s lung transplant program is ranked the 17th busiest out of the nation’s 64 lung transplant programs. The program’s one-year and three-year survival rates also exceed the national average.