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Lung Transplant

Why Choose Ochsner for Your Lung Transplant?

Eating out at a restaurant. Attending your grandchild’s recital or game. Climbing stairs. Even the little things can be a struggle when you need a lung transplant. At Ochsner, our team will fight for your life and the quality of your life.

The Ochsner Transplant Institute includes the only lung transplant center in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region. We perform both single- and double-lung transplants, with experienced medical and surgical teams providing pre and post-operative care.

The Ochsner team delivers innovative care while also addressing the emotional, financial and practical issues so often faced by transplant patients and their families. While we have performed hundreds of lung transplants, we never forget that what’s routine to us isn’t routine to you.

Lung transplantation is a viable option for many end-stage lung diseases. In the last decade, there has been a steady growth in the number of qualified patients receiving lung transplants in the United States and around the world. Nationally, over 2000 lung transplants are being performed each year.

Candidates for lung transplantation have end-stage lung disease that may be caused by one of the following conditions:

  • Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema
  • Lung disease due to previous cancer treatments
  • Occupational lung disease
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Sarcoidosis - a condition that causes lumps or nodules to form in your lungs, lymph nodes and other parts of your body.
  • Scleroderma - autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the skin and other areas of the body

Ochsner is a Medicare-approved lung transplant program, and we accept most insurance carriers.

Meet Our Team

The Ochsner lung transplant team is made up of transplant pulmonologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and specially trained anesthesiologists. Our dedicated staff also includes nurses, a financial coordinator, a transplant pharmacist, plus experts in social services and nutritional needs. When you have multiple appointments, your lung transplant nurse coordinator will work with you to schedule them on the same day whenever possible. After transplantation, our team will be there to provide lifetime care.

Meet our lung transplant team

The Ochsner 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 routine follow-up visits to the clinic. After surgery, our team continues to monitor for transplant-related complications and regulates maintenance immunosuppression.

To refer a patient to one of the best lung transplant hospitals in the country, please:

  1. Fill out this this referral document.
  2. Either fax the referral document over to our department, fax number 504-842-6627, or email referrals to
  3. You can also call our 24-hour Referral Hotline, 504-842-3925.

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Lung Transplant Locations

Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7