Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center revived their lung transplant program.
Dr. Heather Strah is the Medical Director of Lung Transplantation and says, “The last lung transplant was done in 1998 because of physician availability the program had to be shut down. After many years of planning all of the right people were in place to restart the program this fall.”
Dr. Strah says patients will no longer have to travel hundreds of miles for treatment and care. With the new program, patients will have care close to home. Patients too ill to travel and receive a transplant may now be candidates locally. They will offer single lung, double lung and heart-lung transplants. Eventually they hope to provide transplants for up to 30 patients a year.
Nebraska Medicine is now one of few institutions in the country that offers all solid organ transplants.