UAB Lung Transplant Program

The UAB Lung Transplant Program is one of approximately 65 active lung transplantation centers in the United States. We have performed more than 600 lung transplants since 1989, placing us among the 10 busiest centers in the nation. Our distinguished program is internationally regarded for outstanding patient outcomes, dedication to patient care, and pioneering achievements in lung transplantation.

At one time, limited treatment was available for end-stage pulmonary disease. Today, lung transplantation is considered the treatment of choice for many patients with diseases such as cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), pulmonary arterial hypertension, autoimmune-related advanced lung disease, sarcoidosis, silicosis, and septic lung diseases. The procedure can extend the patient’s life and provide a better quality of life, as the transplanted lung delivers oxygen to the blood more effectively. 



The UAB Lung Transplant Program boasts patient and graft survival rates better than the national average. It is comprised of experienced and highly skilled surgeons, pulmonologists, transplant coordinators, and other health professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for patients with end-stage pulmonary disease. Our multidisciplinary team benefits from collaboration among physicians and surgeons who are nationally recognized leaders in the treatment of lung disorders.

UAB’s 20-year-old extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program is the only one in the state of Alabama and one of the busiest in the nation, supporting 80-100 adult patients per year and another 40-50 pediatric patients at Children’s of Alabama. In fact, UAB serves as a regional referral center capable of providing technical services and consultations related to ECMO, and the program is involved in advanced research initiatives focused on therapies to support failing organ systems.

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How to Refer

Physicians seeking to refer a patient to the UAB Lung Transplant Program should be aware of the criteria for consideration which includes common indications and contraindications to transplantation. For a consultation or to refer a patient, please complete this form or contact the UAB Lung Transplant Program office at (205) 975-8615 or via fax at (205) 975-9792. We will contact your patient to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, please look for a follow-up fax from us confirming the referral.

For urgent referrals or inpatient transfers, please call UAB MIST (Medical Information Service via Telephone) at 1-800-UAB-MIST (1-800-822-6478) or email UAB MIST is a toll-free, 24-hour service that connects physicians anywhere in the country with UAB Medicine specialists.

Access Your Patients' UAB Records - UAB Ambassador

UAB Ambassador is a service that allows referring physicians to access their patients’ UAB records – including inpatient and outpatient documents, activities, and lab results – through a secure online portal.

To request access to Ambassador, click here to complete the form and return to UAB Physician Services via fax to 205.996.9107 or via email to For more information or questions regarding Ambassador, contact UAB Physician Services at 205.934.6890 or email