Lung & Heart-Lung Transplant Program :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Lung & Heart-Lung Transplant Program

Welcome to Nationwide Children's Hospital's Lung & Heart-Lung Transplant Program

The Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program is part of a multi-organ transplant center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The program received its initial United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) accreditation in 2005. Under the direction of medical director Don Hayes, MD , the program was reactivated in 2011. Dr. Hayes has participated in more than 200 lung transplants.

The transplant program utilizes a multidisciplinary team of lung transplant and heart-lung transplant experts in the transplantation of children and adults with childhood diseases. Our patients are able to see all of their physicians and health care team members in one visit and at one location. Our team of experts provides comprehensive support for our patients and their families, while maintaining a collaborative relationship with the referring physician.

The Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program is part of an advanced lung disease center consisting of programs for cystic fibrosis, pulmonary vascular disease, interstitial lung disease, and neonatal lung disease. Our transplant team also works in conjunction with our renowned Heart Center, offering combined heart-lung transplantation to patients with advanced cardiopulmonary disease. Learn more about lung and heart-lung transplantation.

Ambulatory ECMO

ECMO (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation) is a treatment that brings oxygen into the body when the heart and/or lungs are failing and serves as an artificial lung. Used as a “bridge to transplant,” ECMO supports patients prior to lung or heart/lung transplant surgery and can be used for days or weeks at a time while the patient waits for transplant.

On standard ECMO, a patient may be sedated and bedridden. That can cause the muscles to become weak and a patient may continue to deteriorate due to their condition. However, ambulatory ECMO allows patients to move or “ambulate” while on ECMO. While waiting for transplant surgery, patients can become stronger through rehabilitation: sitting up, moving the legs, walking, and in some cases, eating. This improves a patient’s overall strength while they are being evaluated for transplantation.

Nationwide Children's offers a pediatric Ambulatory ECMO program to patients with advanced lung disease including acute respiratory decompensation and has the capability of transporting patients on ECMO if needed.


Nationwide Children’s Hospital Lung & Heart-Lung Transplant Program
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Call 614-722-3425 to schedule an appointment

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Don Hayes, MD, on the Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Don Hayes, MD, MS, MEd
Medical Director, Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program

Phone: (614) 722-3425
Fax: (614) 722-3426
Email: Don.Hayes@

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Referral Form

Many insurance plans require authorization from the referring physician in order for the patient's care to be covered. Physicians/Clinicians: Click on the link below to access the Lung/Heart-Lung Referral Form.

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Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000