At the Lung Transplant Program at Children’s Hospital Boston, we evaluate infants, children and adolescents who are potential candidates for a lung transplant. We also care for children who have received transplanted lungs. Since the program’s inception in 1990, our team has performed 77 single, bilateral and heart-lung transplants.
Our program is a multidisciplinary effort between the medical and surgical programs. Our program is currently led by Gary Visner, DO, who directs the medical team, and Francis Fynn-Thompson, MD, who directs the surgical team.
The program is staffed by a team of specialists that includes:
- transplant surgeons
- transplant physicians
- lung transplant nurse coordinator
- physical therapist
- social worker
- intensive care physicians
- infectious disease physicians
- otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat physicians)
- financial coordinator
We offer expertise in transplanting children with a variety of disease processes, including:
Our team also cares for children in need of re-transplantation, as well as those on ventilator support due to severe respiratory failure. Our program collaborates with the adult lung transplant program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, also in Boston.
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Our research is aimed at preventing both short- and long-term lung transplant injury, the development of transplant tolerance and novel therapies for long-term acceptance of transplanted lungs. A new induction protocol, begun in 2008, has reduced acute cellular rejection first year post-transplant to less than 5%, compared to the expected 40% to 50%.
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Best of both worlds
Our program collaborates with the adult lung transplant program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Our partnerships advances research on transplantation and allows clinicians to share best practices.