End-stage Respiratory Disease

Patients with End-stage respiratory disease caused by complex pulmonary conditions such as interstitial lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or cystic fibrosis, require highly-skilled medical care and the latest advances in technological support. For patients with no alternative treatment options, lung transplantation is often the best choice to dramatically improve quality of life.

Pulmonologists in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) are board certified in both pulmonology and critical care medicine. These intensivists—Harvard Medical School faculty—have special qualifications in critical care and lead a multidisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons, nurses and therapists to care for our sickest patients.

Our pulmonologists are an integral part of the Respiratory Failure and End-stage Lung Disease Program at The Lung Center. Our experienced team provides the full range of advanced respiratory care, from pre-transplant ventilator support to temporary mechanical support including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), to lung transplantation, an area we have pioneered.

Patients who require transplant surgery benefit from our multidisciplinary approach to care. The transplant team includes a dedicated transplant pharmacist, a full-time social worker and a transplant trained nutritionist, as well as transplant nurse coordinator support. This team supports patients through all phases of the transplant process, and facilitates our seamless collaboration with the Division of Thoracic Surgery.

Our team also has access to extensive ancillary services to help support patients through the management of their disease, including an outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program located at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation team has extensive experience in assisting patients with varied forms of advanced lung disease, as well as those in both the pre- and post-transplant settings.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine provides care for people with end-stage respiratory failure in our dedicated, state-of-the-art critical care inpatient units at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

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