The lung transplant program continues a long tradition of excellence in organ transplantation at Brigham and Women's Hospital. BWH has been a pioneer in renal transplantation, bone marrow transplantation and is one of the leading cardiac transplant centers in the country. The initiation and development of a lung transplantation program is a continuation of this tradition and evidence of the hospital's ongoing commitment to providing the most current therapies available for our patients.
After over twenty years of unsuccessful attempts, lung transplantation was achieved in the 1980's as a result of refinement in surgical technique and the development of immunosuppressive medications to prevent organ rejection. Physicians at Toronto General Hospital did much of the pioneering work in this area and established the first successful lung transplantation program. The program at BWH, which is co-directed by Dr. Phillip Camp (Surgical Director) and Dr. Hilary Goldberg (Medical Director), was developed under the leadership of Dr. David Sugarbaker, Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Sugarbaker spent two years at Toronto General Hospital during the development of their program and returned here in 1988 to start the BWH program. In the summer of 1990, as part of the Massachusetts Center for Lung Transplantation, BWH was granted permission by the State of Massachusetts to perform lung transplants for selected adult patients. The BWH Lung Transplant Team performed both the first adult lung transplant in Massachusetts and the first double lung transplant in New England. The BWH Lung Transplant Team has been the most active progam in New England in every year over the past decade.
Brigham and Women's Hospital has assembled a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care to patients and their families both prior to and after lung transplantation. The team includes thoracic surgeons, specialists in pulmonary medicine, immunologists, infectious disease specialists, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists, specially trained members of the nursing staff from the operating room, intensive care unit and Thoracic Intermediate Care Unit, psychiatrists, social workers, physical and respiratory therapists, nutritionists and a Nurse Practioner specializing in lung transplantation. This team is committed to providing the best possible patient care and has access to the full resources of the hospital to achieve this goal.