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UCLA performed most heart and lung transplants in the United States in 2016

UCLA performed the highest combined number of heart and lung transplants among all U.S. medical centers in 2016, according to United Network for Organ Sharing data, a nonprofit that manages the nation’s organ transplant system.

UCLA’s thoracic transplant program performed 170 transplants during the 12-month period: 103 adult lung transplants, 58 adult heart transplants and nine pediatric heart transplants, according to UNOS. Read more »

1,000th surgery performed at UCLA Lung Transplant


The UCLA Lung Transplant program performed its 1,000th transplant surgery in mid-September, becoming the first program on the West Coast, and one of only seven centers nationwide, to achieve this milestone.

The recipient of the donor lungs was Elba De Contreras, 59, from Goleta, California, who suffered from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension. The six-hour surgery took place at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, led by Dr. Abbas Ardehali, surgical director of the lung and heart transplant programs. Read more »

Life Saving Transplant at UCLA

Video courtesy of KCAL News

Team Jake Receives Double Lung Transplant

Video courtesy of KABC News

Team Jake Waits for Lung Transplant

Video courtesy of KCAL News

UCLA Performs First Breathing Lung Transplantation in U.S.

The lung transplant team at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical successfully performed the nation's first "breathing lung" transplant Nov 2012. The ground breaking transplant involved an experimental organ-preservation device known as the Organ Care System (OCS), which keeps donor lungs functioning and "breathing" in a near-physiologic state outside the body during transport. The current standard involves transporting donor lungs in a non-functioning, non-breathing state inside an icebox. Watch video »

UCLA Transplant Doctors Honored for Life-Saving Work

State Senator Runner Honors Dr. Ardehali and Dr. Ross


Double-lung transplant recipient State Senator Runner praises doctors' dedication. Read more »

The Woman Who Lived


The Atascadero News profiles Meara Schmidt who underwent a double-lung transplant. Read more »





Celebrating Nurses in Los Angeles


Advance for Nurses profiles nurse manager of the UCLA Heart and Lung Transplant program, Caron Burch, MSN, RN, FNP, CCTC.  Read more »



California Senator Sharon Runner speaks about her experience receiving a double lung transplant

Video courtesy of KCBS Channel 2. Click here for the full story »

UCLA Rated One of the Top Hospitals in the Nation