Lung Transplant

As one of the oldest lung transplant programs in the country – and the only one in Tennessee – the Vanderbilt Lung Transplant Program provides expert care for advanced lung disease.

Our Lung Transplant Program also works with heart specialists to provide lifesaving lung-heart transplants.

Lung Transplant: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Depth of experience. Our lung transplant program has performed more than 500 lung transplants and 20 combined lung-heart transplants, with our survival rates exceeding nationally established benchmarks. This experience translates into the best possible care and outcomes for you. View our lung transplant outcomes.
  • A team approach. Our thoracic surgeons, transplant pulmonologists, nurse practitioners and coordinators work together to provide you compassionate, personalized care. We also work with infectious disease specialists, transplant psychiatrists and pharmacists to meet all of your physical and emotional needs.
  • Innovative research. Our researchers not only apply the latest research in transplant care, but also pioneer some of the latest innovations. At Vanderbilt, our researchers launched the PREDICT program. This program uses genetic testing to protect transplant patients from serious side effects caused by a common anti-rejection drug.
  • Access to clinical trials. As the only academic medical center in the region, we offer access to clinical trials investigating new, promising technologies and approaches to transplant care.
  • Support services. Our transplant center offers a variety of support services, from social workers to transplant pharmacists, to help guide you through the transplant process. We also offer a unique Return-to-Work program to help you resume employment and restore your emotional and financial well-being. View our support services.

Conditions We Treat

Complex conditions that can lead to end-stage lung failure include:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Congenital lung disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Interstitial and fibrotic lung disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Sarcoidosis

Treatments We Offer

  • Dual-organ transplant: A dual-organ transplant is a surgical procedure to remove two diseased organs. The diseased organs are replaced with healthy ones from an organ donor. Our team of specialists provide lung-heart transplants.
  • Lung transplant: A lung transplant is a surgical procedure to remove a diseased lung and replace it with a healthy one from an organ donor. The surgery may be done for a single lung or for both lungs.

Patient Stories

Mary Kathryn Osborn's life was controlled by her cystic fibrosis. By the time she was in her early 20s, the disease was preventing her from finishing school and getting a full-time job. A double lung transplant gave Osborn her breath again, and much more. Read Mary Kathryn’s story


Vanderbilt Lung Transplant
The Vanderbilt Clinic
1301 Medical Center Drive, B817
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 936-0393
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Madison AL
Vanderbilt Lung Transplant Madison AL
460 Lanier Road
Suite 202A
Madison, AL 35758
(615) 936-0393
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For Referring Physicians

If you have a patient who needs to be assessed for a lung transplant, we have the expertise, ample resources and supportive tools essential to delivering a successful transplant experience. To arrange a consultation or make a referral, complete our online referral form or contact our lung transplant team at (615) 936-0393.

Referring physicians can also complete our lung transplant referral form and fax it to our transplant team at (615) 936-0396.

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