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Through 21 years and more than 300 lung transplants (as of June 2008), the UT Transplant Center lung transplant team continues to contribute to worldwide lung transplant science. The first lung transplant was performed in 1987. In 1989, the team became the first in North America to do a single-lung transplant for COPD. Later, the team was the first to do a single-lung transplant for pulmonary hypertension.

Now more patients than ever have the chance to enter the Health Science Center-University Health System program, as it received Medicare certification about 3 years ago.

San Antonio Lung Transplant Protocol: Drs. Luis Angel, Deborah Levine, Stephanie Levine, Scott Johnson, and John Calhoon have spent the past several years developing a protocol — a checklist of procedures — to better prepare donor lungs for transplant. Now used worldwide, it is called the San Antonio Lung Transplant Protocol, or SALT for short. This protocol involves adjusting donors' ventilators, managing their fluids and many other activities to increase the chances donated lungs can be transplanted in order to help others.

Click here to read the whole story "The process of dying is often very unfriendly to the lung," Dr. Johnson said. "Historically, only 11 percent of donors are able to donate their lungs." This is because in many centers technicians with limited medical knowledge are charged with managing patients who have no brain activity. In these types of cases, when the patient is an organ donor and passes away, other organs are taken for transplant, but the lungs are often discarded. However, the SALT Protocol is changing that. As a result of the protocol, the percentage of lungs that can be transplanted has doubled to about 25 percent, Dr. Johnson said.

Short waiting list for transplants: The Health Science Center/UH program also offers the precious gift of time to those seeking a transplant, with one of the shortest average wait times of any such program in the country. Most of the recipients on the waiting list will receive a transplant within six months; in most centers, the average wait is two to three years.

Our Physicians

John H. Calhoon, MD, Professor of Surgery
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, UT School of Medicine San Antonio
President's Council Chair in Surgery
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Board certifications: American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Clinical interests: Ross Procedure, Heart and Lung Transplantation, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Adult Congenital Heart Surgery, Tracheal Reconstruction, Pediatric Pulmonary Surgery, Pulsatile CPB

 

Luis Angel, MD, Associate Professor
Pulmonary Medicine and Cardiothoracic Surgery
Director, Lung Transplantation Program
UT School of Medicine San Antonio
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Board certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine; American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease; American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine
Clinical interests: Critical care, pulmonary disease, internal medicine

 

Andrea J. Carpenter, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery
UT School of Medicine San Antonio
Director of Adult Heart and Lung Surgery
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Board certifications: American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Clinical interests: minimally invasive valve repairs, homograft root reconstruction, the Ross procedure, and advances in technology for the future of Thoracic Surgery.

 

Scott B.Johnson, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery
Head of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery
UT School of Medicine San Antonio
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Board certifications: Cardiothoracic Surgery
Clinical interests: noncardiac thoracic surgery; esophageal surgery/reconstruction; and minimally invasive cardiac and noncardiac surgery

 

Deborah Levine, MD, Assistant Professor
Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine
Director of Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic
UT School of Medicine San Antonio
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Board certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine; American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease; American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine
Clinical interests: Pulmonary hypertension, lung transplantation, interventional pulmonology

 

Jay Pal, MD, Assistant Professor
UT School of Medicine San Antonio
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Board certifications:
Clinical interests: heart and lung transplantation, left ventricular assist devices, surgery for heart failure, coronary revascularization, valvular surgery.

 

Edward Y. Sako, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery
UT School of Medicine San Antonio
Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, South Texas Veterans Health Care System
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Board certifications: American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Clinical interests: adult lung transplantation, adult cardiac surgery with particular emphasis on mitral valve repair, treatment of mitral disease in the setting of cardiomyopathy, surgical therapy for atrial fibrillation.

 


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