Lung & Heart-Lung Transplant Program

Why Choose Nationwide Children's?

Don Hayes, MD, discusses what makes the program at Nationwide Children's different

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.

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

Our 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.

Meet Our Transplant Teams

Don Hayes Jr., Jr.

Don Hayes, Jr., MD, MS, MEd, is the medical director of the Advanced Lung Disease Program and the medical director of the Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Programs at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is also an associate professor of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Lung Transplant Team

Learn more about medical director Don Hayes, MD, and the team of experts on our Lung Transplant team.

Heart-Lung Transplant Team

Learn more about medical director Don Hayes, MD, and the team of experts on our Heart-Lung Transplant team.

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.

Meet Our Patients

Emily D

Read Emily's Story

Name: Emily D.
Condition(s): Cystic Fibrosis
Age Today: 36 Years

When Emily was 11-years-old, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. At the time, she had no idea what it was or what it meant. In 2005, she received the first double-lung transplant at Nationwide Children’s.

Esemeralda's Story

Meet Esmeralda

Esmeralda was born with a very rare disorder called Antisynthetase Syndrome and was in dire need of a lung transplant. Her doctors at Phoenix Children's Hospital decided to send her to Nationwide Children's Hospital for the lung transplant.