Advanced Lung Diseases and Transplant Program

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The RWJBarnabas Health Advanced Lung Diseases and Transplant Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) offers increased access to single and double lung transplant and comprehensive treatment and management of chronic and complex lung disease.

While the primary goal of the Program is to identify suitable candidates for a transplant, the comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluation can also benefit patients who are not transplant candidates.

State-of-the-art diagnostic services include:

  • CT-guided biopsy
  • Navigational bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound
  • Bronchial thermoplasty
  • Endobronchial resection of tumors
  • Endobronchial stents
  • Pleurax catheter placement for malignant pleural effusions
  • Whole lung lavage

The Program offers complete evaluation and treatment plans for patients with lung diseases such as:

  • Asthma
  • Cystic Fibrosis
    Interstitial lung diseases
  • Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)
  • Scleroderma
  • Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension

Support services such as pulmonary rehabilitation, pain management and smoking cessation are also available to patients. The Center has various ongoing cutting edge research trials helping patients with end-stage lung disease.

Patient Stories

  • RWJBarnabas Health, performed the life-saving double lung transplant that Tony had been waiting for.

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  • Following a heart and lung transplant at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Ethiel Fontalvo said, “I can walk — I do three miles now — and I can climb up the stairs. Before, I was out of breath after 12 steps.”

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  • “I learned in 2016 that I would eventually need a lung transplant,” says Dawn Burke, 60, of Keyport. She had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a disease that scars the lungs.

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