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Lung Referral Criteria

Transplant Candidate Selection

Lung transplantation is considered when a patient with advanced lung disease has failed all other medical or surgical therapies.  

Lung transplant may not be the best therapy for all patients and will be reviewed by our multi-disciplinary candidate selection committee on a case to case basis.  

The International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation has developed the following guidelines of when not to perform a lung transplant:

  • Active or recent malignancy
  • Current substance abuse: tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs. Patient must have proof of abstinence for 6 months before transplant evaluation.
  • Absence of consistent or reliable social support
  • Non-compliance with prescribed medications/medical regimen
  • HIV infection
  • Dysfunction of other major organ systems
  • Unresolved psychosocial issues or uncontrolled psychiatric illness
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) >30 or <17.

To refer a patient, please fill out the referral form or contact us at 210-567-5777 or toll free 1-888-336-9633.
In order to expedite the referral, we will need the patient’s demographic form, copy of insurance cards, recent H&P, recent month’s labs, and other reports. Please use this fax coversheet checklist as a guide. Our fax number is 210-358-8254.