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Pediatric Lung

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

Lung and Heart-Lung Transplantation

The UF Health Pediatric Lung Transplant Program is the only one of its kind in Florida and is under the medical direction of Michael Tsifansky, MD, the only pediatric lung transplant physician in the United States who has completed formal training in pediatric pulmonology, pediatric critical care medicine and pediatric cardiac critical care medicine. Our multidisciplinary team of clinicians consists of one cardiothoracic surgeon, one thoracic surgeon, one pediatric transplant pulmonologist, 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 Team

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 July 2011 report, The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients has measured the percentage of patients who have survived transplant for one month, one year and three years. At our center, of the 20 patients transplanted between January 1, 2008 and June 30, 2010, 100 percent survived one month, and 90 percent survived one year. Of the 13 patients transplanted between July 1, 2005 and December 31, 2007, 92 percent survived three years. We exceed the expected survival rates and the national survival rates in each category.