EM2103F "Ex-vivo Lung Perfusion and the Orphan Lung Program: Novel Paradigms for Augmenting the Donor Pool" (IM GR-031221)

Despite an increasing number of lung transplants every year, hundreds of patients die every year waiting for suitable donor lungs. One of the key limitations is the low utilization rates of donor lungs, whereby lungs get allocated only among 20% of the organ donors. This presentation will discuss some of the novel strategies aimed at expanding the lung donor pool that may help mitigate the substantial waitlist mortality among patients awaiting lung transplantation.

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand the issues related to the high waitlist mortality in the field of lung transplantation.
  • Know the two major pathways to organ donation: Brain death and Circulatory death.
  • Recognize the key advance made in this field that allows ‘out of body’ assessment, reconditioning, and repair of donor lungs, referred to as the ex-vivo lung perfusion.
  • Provide an overview of the ex-vivo lung perfusion program at the UTSW.
  • Understand the concept of the orphan lung program launched under the auspices of the ex-vivo lung perfusion program at the UTSW.

Additional Information

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Course summary
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Photo: Amit Banga, M.D.Amit Banga, M.D., M.B.A.
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine Medical
Director, Ex-vivo Lung Perfusion Program
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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