Lung Transplantation

Norton Thoracic Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, is the busiest lung transplant program in the United States.

Lung transplantation is a viable option for many patients with lung diseases. Lung transplants are among the most complicated surgical procedures, and these patients require lifelong care. The lung transplant team at Norton Thoracic Institute completed 114 lung transplants in 2016.

Lung Transplantation Program – Key Statistics 

Norton's lung transplant team has performed more than 500 lung transplants for patients from more than 20 different states and two other countries ranging in age from 15 to 77 years old.

The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) ranked St. Joseph’s at the top of the list with a 5/5 quality score. SRTR uses a risk-adjusted assessment to evaluate how often patients are alive with a functioning transplanted organ one year after the transplant and then assigns a score of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). 


  • The average wait time for a lung transplant is 15 days
  • The hospital and 30-day mortality is extremely low
  • The one-year survival rate is close to 90%, above the national average

Lung Transplant Centers – Quality Care

At St. Joseph’s Norton Thoracic Institute, we believe that it is important to provide comprehensive care for patients, through every step of the lung transplant process. Our lung transplant team evaluates and prepares candidates for lung transplantation, procures donor organs, performs lung transplants and provides post-transplant care.

Before St. Joseph's lung transplant program was established in 2007, patients from Arizona traveled throughout the country for care. St. Joseph’s and the team at Norton Thoracic Institute provide world-class care right in our community. Post-transplant patients can feel a sense of comfort knowing that they can be treated close to home, should they need emergency care.

Learn More About Lung Transplants at St. Joseph's

For more information on the lung transplant program at St. Joseph's, please call 602.406.8000

Referral Fax Line - 602.798.0463 - referral form