Penn Medicine Performs 1000th Lung Transplant

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The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has helped 1,000 people breathe again.

As of late August, Penn Medicine’s Lung Transplant Program completed its 1,000th lung transplant — a feat shared by only four other lung transplant programs in the country. The Penn Lung Transplant Program, which was established in 1991, is part of the Penn Transplant Institute, the largest multi-organ transplant center in the Philadelphia region.

“We’re excited to have reached such a momentous milestone for the Penn Lung Transplant Program,” said James Lee, medical director of the Penn Lung Transplantation Program, in a press release. “This milestone celebrates the positive impact we’ve had on the lives of our patients, and the difference we have made for those who have received lung transplants at Penn Medicine.”

Penn Medicine has a history of breaking barriers in the field. The first successful isolated lung transplant in the Delaware Valley was performed at HUP on New Year’s Day in 1992 by Larry Kaiser, who at the time was one of the few surgeons worldwide trained in the procedure.

Since its formation, the Lung Transplant Program has performed more adult lung transplants than any other program in the Philadelphia area. The program has performed an average of 50 transplants per year in the last 15 years and is on track to complete 80 by the end of 2016.

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