Lung Transplant Program Celebrates 30th Anniversary | Loyola Medicine
Monday, October 8, 2018

Loyola Medicine Marks 30th Anniversary of Groundbreaking Lung Transplant Program

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MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola Medicine’s groundbreaking lung transplant program has reached a new milestone, marking the 30th anniversary of its first lung transplant.

Loyola has performed nearly 950 lung transplants. This is more than four times as many lung transplants as the combined total of all other centers in Illinois combined, according to the federal government's Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network.

"The 30th anniversary is a testament to the commitment of the medical center and the dedication of an outstanding lung transplant team," said Jeffrey Schwartz, MD, surgical director of lung transplantation. "The lives of many people throughout the Midwest have been greatly improved, and as care providers, it is tremendously rewarding to see this change from illness to health."

Daniel Dilling, MD, medical director of lung transportation, noted that relatively few centers worldwide have performed lung transplants for as long and as successfully as Loyola. "We have been on the cutting edge throughout the decades, and we continue to push the envelope to help more people," Dr. Dilling said.

Loyola performed the first lung transplant in Illinois in 1988. In 1990, Loyola cardiothoracic surgeon Mamdouh Bakhos, MD, performed the state's first double-lung transplant. Other milestones include a simultaneous double-lung and kidney transplant (2007) and five lung transplants in just over 24 hours (2014).

Last year, Loyola performed its first lung transplant using ex vivo lung perfusion. This groundbreaking technology evaluates lungs before transplant, potentially increasing the supply of donor lungs.

Loyola's multidisciplinary lung transplant team regularly evaluates and successfully performs transplants in patients who have been turned down by other centers in Chicago and surrounding states. Despite taking on more challenging cases, Loyola consistently records outstanding outcomes.

The lung transplant program is part of Loyola's advanced lung disease program, which offers second opinions and leading-edge clinical trials. The advanced treatment can in some cases delay or even eliminate the need for a lung transplant.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.