Focused Issue on Lung Transplantation: Past, Present, and Future

Posted On 2019-10-18 03:34:16

This focused issue on “Lung Transplantation: Past, Present, and Future” is edited by Dr. Jonathan D’Cunha, from Division of Lung Transplantation and Lung Failure, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, USA.

This focused issue is designed to discuss in general the past, the present and the future of lung transplantation comprehensively including the historical perspective, other technical considerations, and the management of lung transplantation. Complex and controversial issues that are on the minds of many will be addressed by experts such as yourself. This focused issue reviews recent literature, provides expert insight into current practice, and also identifies future directions. 

Jonathan D’Cunha, MD, PhD

Division of Lung Transplantation and Lung Failure, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, USA

Dr. D’Cunha is the Chief of the Division of Lung Transplant/Lung Failure, and Vice Chair of Research and Education in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a Tenured Associate Professor and Associate Program Director of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. D’Cunha studied molecular biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before he earned his PhD and then MD at the Medical College of Wisconsin in a prestigious medical scientist training program. He then did his residency and cardiothoracic fellowship at the University of Minnesota before he became an Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic and Foregut Surgery, Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Dr. D’Cunha’s research interests are novel therapeutics for non-small cell lung cancer, a broad-based research platform in lung transplantation, and surgical education. Dr. D’Cunha is board certified American Board of Thoracic Surgery and a member of both the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

Focused issue outline: 

Section I: 

  1. Historical Perspectives in Lung Transplantation
  2. Indications and Patient Selection

Section II 

  1. Donor Selection and management
  2. Advanced considerations in organ donors
  3. DCD Donors
  4. The Donor OR
  5. Anesthetic Considerations
  6. Single Lung Transplantation: Technical Aspects
  7. Bilateral Sequential Lung Transplantation: Technical Aspects
  8. Intraoperative support 
  9. Technical considerations in lung retransplantation
  10. Lobar Lung Transplantation
  11. EVLP
  12. Bridging to transplantation

Section III

  1. Primary Graft Dysfunction: What we know
  2. Critical care of the lung transplant patient
  3. Post-operative care of the transplant patient
  4. Airway complications in lung transplant
  5. Immunosuppression for the lung transplant patient
  6. Management of acute rejection
  7. Management of chronic rejection
  8. Viral Infections in Lung Transplantation
  9. Fungal Infections in Lung Transplantation
  10. Bacterial Infections in Lung Transplantation
  11. Malignancy and lung transplantation
  12. The Pathology of Lung Transplantation

Section IV

  1. Transplantation for pulmonary HTN: how to be successful
  2. Transplantation for scleroderma
  3. Transplantation for cystic fibrosis and resistant infections
  4. The new allocation era and policy
  5. Future Therapies in Lung Transplantation
  6. Approaching the sensitized patient
  7. The foregut and the lung transplant patient
  8. The role of palliative care in the lung transplant patient

Section V

  1. The future of lung transplantation