Cardiac surgeon Bartley Griffith speaks with a patient

Lung Transplant: Evaluation

Most transplantation candidates are referred to the program by their primary physician or specialist. Others come to be evaluated at their own initiative.

  1. Contact us: The process begins with a call to the Lung Transplant Office: 410-328-2864.
  2. Medical history: We will ask you to provide us with basic medical information by telephone and to give us written permission to obtain medical records from other health care providers.
  3. Testing: We evaluate what is causing your lung failure so we can plan the appropriate procedure (either single-lung, double-lung or heart-lung transplant). 
  4. Your team: You will meet many members of the transplant team. Each member of the team will want to get to know you as well as your family members and friends who make up your health care and social support network. Your primary contact person will be the transplant nurse practitioner. Meet our lung transplant team.

A successful transplant program requires a combination of many people with different areas of expertise. The experience of the team can make the difference between success and failure for an individual patient, particularly if the problem is unusual or serious.

Lung Transplant Waiting List

Once the evaluation is complete, we will decide if lung transplant is the best option. We will discuss the risks and benefits with you. If we agree that transplantation is the best choice, we will place you on the transplant waiting list at the University of Maryland Medical Center. This national lung transplant waiting list is organized through the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

Lung Transplant Waiting Period

The wait time may be short or long depending on the donor supply and the patient waiting list. During the waiting period:

  • We will see you in the clinic to assist with any medical issues that may arise.
  • We may place you on ECMO (artificial lung support) as a bridge to transplant. Learn more about ECMO.
  • Let us know immediately if there is any change in your medication (especially steroid dose) or in your medical condition. When in doubt, call your physician.
  • Your primary contact person for medical problems will usually be the transplant pulmonologist. The transplant nurse practitioner or transplant secretary is always happy to answer questions as well.

Contact Us

To speak with a lung transplant specialist, please call 410-328-2864.