Attending your child’s recital or game. Eating out at a restaurant. Climbing stairs. When you need a lung transplant, even the little things can be a struggle. As the only lung transplant program in Louisiana and Mississippi, the Ochsner Lung Transplant Team understands what you’re going through. Our program has performed more than 300 lung transplants. Each patient we care for is much more to us than a name on a list.

As an Ochsner patient, you’ll get to know our team and we’ll get to know you and your family. Together, we will fight not just for your life but for the quality of your life.

Why Choose the Ochsner Lung Transplant Program?

Ochsner is one of the nation's most active lung transplant programs. Along with successful outcomes, our patients experience shorter wait times than the national average, and, after transplant, they often have shorter hospital stays. Our goal is to get you back home to your family – and to your new life – as soon as possible.


Ochsner has performed more than 400 lung transplants.

Our experienced team is made up of a transplant pulmonologist, cardiothoracic surgeons and specially trained anesthesiologists. Our dedicated staff also includes lung transplant nurse coordinators, a financial coordinator, a transplant pharmacist plus experts in social services and nutritional needs.

After transplantation, our team closely follows the care of all of our patients. Together, we’ll create a collaborative long-term care plan that works not just for our team, but for your primary care physician, your family and YOU.

Experience Leads to Peace of Mind

  • In 2015, we performed 30 lung transplants, making our grand total more than 300.
  • In 1993, Ochsner surgeons performed
a double lung transplant on youngest person in U.S. history at that time.
  • In 1991, the first double lung transplant in Louisiana was performed at Ochsner.

What Referring Physicians Need to Know

The Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute provides consistent follow-up information to all referring physicians via written correspondence. You’ll be kept abreast of initial clinic visits, surgery, hospital discharge and annual follow-up visits to the clinic. After surgery, our team continues to monitor for transplant-related complications and regulates maintenance immunosuppression for the life of each patient.

How To Refer A Patient

To refer a patient for transplant, call our 24-hour Referral Hotline: 1-800-643-1635 or email referrals to:

You can also call our office Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at 504-842-3925.

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