The University of Chicago Medicine's heart and lung transplant programs constantly strive to be at the forefront of innovation. Our state-of-the-art Center for Care & Discovery, which opened in 2013, allows surgeons to safely deliver care to transplant patients who are at higher risk of complications and require close monitoring before, during and after surgery.

The heart transplant program is the one of the largest and most experienced in the Midwest, and our team welcomes those patients whose complicated heart problems may be considered too high-risk to be considered for care at other institutions. In addition to single heart transplantation, our surgeons offer multiple organ transplantation and can perform heart-lung, heart-liver, heart-kidney-pancreas transplantations.

Similarly, our thoracic surgeons are part of a highly coordinated and reputable lung transplant team that also includes pulmonologists and ECMO specialists. The combination of their deep expertise and use of advanced technology leads to excellent 30-day survival and one-year survival outcomes for our lung transplant patients.

In all heart and lung transplant cases, our surgeons work closely with the patient’s other cardiac or thoracic specialists to ensure the all aspects of a patient’s health are considered before undergoing transplantation.