​Overview of the Lung Transplant Link 

The Lung Transplant Link at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is the first in the region to provide experienced care for patients who have received, or are planning to undergo, lung transplant surgery. While patients must currently travel abroad for lung transplant surgery, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi provides both pre-transplant support and long-term post-transplant care. The Lung Transplant Link’s specialized multidisciplinary team has extensive experience with the diagnosis and treatment of complications of transplant surgery.  Pre- or post-transplant care at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi can help improve patient outcomes. 

What We Treat

Lung transplant surgery is now a widely accepted treatment option for patients with advanced end-stage lung diseases. Lung transplant is typically recommended for patients who have not achieved successful results with other available treatments. 

Some of the conditions that can be treated with lung transplant surgery include:

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Lung Transplant Link is led by experts from around the world who specialize in diagnosing complications from lung transplants, as well as providing comprehensive care both pre- and post-transplant. 

Diagnosis & Treatment at the Lung Transplant Link

Pre-Transplant Diagnosis

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi offers specialized care programs for a number of conditions that may require lung transplant surgery when other treatments have not been effective. The Respiratory and Critical Care Institute’s Lung Transplant Link provides referrals for treatment abroad.  This includes referrals to Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, which is recognized as one of the United States’ leading centers for lung transplants.

Pre-Transplant Treatment

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi also offers comprehensive pre-transplant care for patients who might undergo lung transplant surgery. Pre-transplant patients will undergo a number of evaluations and tests across different specialties, which may vary depending on the person’s age and medical history. A holistic evaluation will follow, along with recommendations from our specialized lung transplant surgeon.

Post-Transplant Treatment

Post-transplant care is centered primarily on close monitoring for signs that the organ is being rejected, or that the patient is developing an infection.

Follow-up support for post-surgery patients includes regular consultations with a pulmonologist specializing in lung transplant care. Specific tests that may be conducted include:

  • Pulmonary function tests: A range of tests used to measure how well the patient is able to breathe in and out, and how efficiently the lungs provide oxygen to the blood.
  • Blood tests: A blood sample will be taken and analyzed at our lab. 
  • Kidney function tests: Blood and urine tests may be used to assess how well the kidneys are filtering waste products from the blood.
  • Anti-rejection medication level measurement: After a lung transplant, patients will be given immunosuppressant drugs to prevent rejection. The levels of these medications will be monitored by the post-transplant team.

In select patients, bronchoscopy​ may be used to check for acute rejection or acute infections. If lung transplant complications are identified, the Lung Transplant Link will provide appropriate treatment.

Lung Transplant Link Program Caregivers 

The Lung Transplant Link at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is staffed by a multidisciplinary team that includes:

  • Pulmonologists
  • Thoracic surgeons
  • Radiologists
  • Pathologists
  • Specialized nurses

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has recruited experts in each of these disciplines from around the world, and is uniquely able to diagnose and provide care for its patients using internationally-recognized best practices.


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