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At UF Health, our multidisciplinary team approach is equipped to handle heart, lung, and heart-lung transplantation procedures for pediatric patients.

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Breathe easy knowing your child is receiving the nation’s best care at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Taking excellent care in improving the respiratory health of children has earned UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital recognition among the nation’s best pediatric pulmonology and lung surgery specialty programs 13 years in a row, according to the 2023-24 U.S. News & World Report Rankings.

Lung and heart-lung transplantation

The UF Health Pediatric Lung Transplant Program is the only one of its kind in Florida and consists of one cardiothoracic surgeon, one thoracic surgeon, one pulmonologist and four nurse practitioners.

At UF Health, we offer unique medical approaches, such as lung reduction surgery, to treat children with life-threatening lung disease. Our mission is simple: to enhance each patient’s quality of life through compassionate care, access to state-of-the-art medical treatment and ongoing research studies at UF Health.

In 2013, the UF pediatric lung transplant team performed the first heart-lung transplant in a child under the age of two in the state of Florida.

Our outcomes

Our multidisciplinary team approach, experience, expertise, and ongoing commitment to innovation and compassionate care have set the standard of care for children with end-stage heart failure achieving excellent long-term survival rates. In a January 2020 report, The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients has measured the percentage of patients who have survived transplant for one month and one year. At our center, of the 8 patients transplanted between July 1, 2016 and Dec. 30, 2018, 100% survived one month, and 87.50% percent survived one year.

Community and Patient Programs: Pediatric lung transplant

Our community and patient programs provide great value to patients, families and loved ones. People can find support, educational materials, expert consultants and more. In most instances, these programs are offered free of charge.

  • Adult Lung Transplant Support Group

    Open to patients with advanced lung disease, listed patients awaiting transplant and transplanted patients, as well as caregivers.

  • Arts in Medicine Integrative Therapies

    Provides supportive care for select adult and pediatric patients through meditation, relaxation, yoga, tai chi, qigong and massage therapy sessions.

  • Camp Boggy Creek

    Children with serious illnesses can enjoy a camp experience in a safe, medically sound environment.

  • Child Life Program

    Helps children and families cope with the stress and anxiety of hospitalization.

  • Music in the Clinical Setting

    Offers a wide variety of music-based therapies from in-room performances to collaborative recording sessions.

  • Pediatric Social Workers

    Offer counseling, planning and other assistance to all pediatric patients.

  • Streetlight

    Peer companionship for adolescents and young adults living with serious illness.

News and Patient Stories: Pediatric lung transplant

More Pediatric lung transplant stories