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Lung Transplant Leadership

When you become a lung transplant patient at Tampa General Hospital’s Transplant Institute, you will have a team of knowledgeable and caring professionals assisting you throughout every step of the transplant process. Our lung transplant care team is dedicated to doing everything it can to help make your overall experience throughout the transplant process as smooth as possible.

After being admitted to the lung transplant program at our transplant center, your primary point of contact will be your transplant coordinator. Throughout the transplant process, the coordinator will relay information among you, your family, your care team, and your insurance payers, and is the person you should contact if you ever have any questions.

As a lung transplant patient at TGH’s Transplant Institute, you will also work with several medical specialists who will oversee your treatment and recovery. These individuals include:

  • A pulmonologist, or lung specialist, who will work with other team members to create a treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs
  • A surgeon, who will perform the transplant and also explain your surgery and the associated risks before the lung transplantation procedure is performed
  • A respiratory therapist, who will assess your lung function before and after your transplant
  • A dietician, who will evaluate your nutritional health and provide instruction about the special dietary requirements you’ll need to follow before and after your lung transplant
  • A pharmacist, who will explain your prescriptions and instruct you on their use and side effects
  • A psychologist, who will assess your emotional stability and coping skills
  • An infectious disease specialist, who will check you for exposure to viral infections and evaluate your risk of post-transplant infections

cardiothoracic referral form buttonBecause a lung transplant is an extensive process, you will need to have appropriate financial and emotional resources to cope during this taxing time. For these reasons, your lung transplant care team at TGH’s Transplant Institute also includes a social worker and a financial counselor. Your social worker will meet with you and your family to make certain you have a solid support system in place as you go through the transplant process, and will also check on financial and insurance matters.

Your financial counselor will assist in the transplant process by obtaining insurance authorization for your lung transplant evaluation and the surgery, and by ensuring that you have the necessary financial resources for post-transplant care. Remember, as you go through the lung transplant process at our transplant center, be sure to let your coordinator know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Overall, Tampa General Hospital has performed more than 10,000 organ transplants and is ranked #5 in the nation by volume. 

Kapilkumar Patel, MD
Medical Director, Lung Transplant, Tampa General Hospital

Dr. Kapilkumar Patel operates as the Medical Director of Lung Transplant at Tampa General Hospital. Dr. Patel specializes in non-surgical pulmonary transplantation and subspecializes in general pulmonary medicine and pleural disease. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine for critical care medicine, internal medicine, and pulmonary disease. Dr. Patel obtained his medical degree from the Medical University of Lublin and received his fellowship in Pulmonary-Critical Care Medicine from Fletcher Allen Health Care. In addition, Dr. Patel is a member of the International Society Heart and Lung Transplant American Thoracic Society. Dr. Patel is known for his positivity, detail orientation, and effective communication with patients.

John Dunning, MD
Surgical Director, Lung Transplant, Tampa General Hospital
John Dunning, MD., operates as the Surgical Director of Lung Transplant at Tampa General Hospital. Dr. Dunning specializes in transplant and cardiothoracic surgery. He is a member of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Network, European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, and the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland. Dr. Dunning is also affiliated with USF Health Morsani College of Medicine as he led a team to conduct the first lung transplant in Florida using the TransMedics system. In addition, Dr. Dunning is known for his extensive knowledge and effective communication with patients.