For over twenty years, the Temple Lung Center has been a leader in the field of lung transplantation. The Temple Lung Center offers an experienced team of physicians, surgeons, nurses, and support specialists in the lung transplantation program. One of only three centers in the state of Pennsylvania providing lung transplants, Temple’s Lung Transplantation Program aims to provide the highest standard of care to patients with a variety of conditions, from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Several factors set Temple’s Lung Transplantation Program apart from other transplant centers. First, Temple’s criteria for transplant eligibility are broader than those of many other programs. While many other programs do not consider patients over the age of 65, patients with a high BMI, or patients with other concomitant medical issues, the physicians and surgeons at Temple evaluate each patient individually, working closely with referring physicians, to decide whether they are a suitable candidate for lung transplantation. Patients who may not be considered for lung transplantation at other facilities may be eligible for transplant at Temple.
Temple physicians can accommodate seriously ill patients who need to be evaluated and receive care very quickly. Temple offers extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as a bridge to lung transplantation for patients with very severe lung problems for whom mechanical ventilation provide insufficient support. Temple’s ECMO bridge can allow patients in danger of imminent death the time to be evaluated to receive a potentially life-saving transplant.
Dedicated Multidisciplinary Team
At Temple Lung Center, patients receive care from a dedicated multidisciplinary team made of surgeons, physicians, nurses, nutritionists, and other specialists. The members of the multidisciplinary team communicate and work together to provide the best patient care possible.
Patients can expect full support from a team that includes:
- Cardiothoracic surgeons
- Critical care/Anesthesia specialists
- Transplant infection specialists
- Transplantation nurses
- Physical therapists
- Speech pathologists
- Clinical psychologists
- Social workers