Lung Transplant

Lung Transplant Team

The dedicated lung transplant team members at Barnes-Jewish and Washington University focus only on patients undergoing transplant. Each person on the transplant team is an expert in a different area of transplantation. Together, they bring their expertise, knowledge and understanding to each patient in our program.

  • Pulmonologists - physicians who specializes in lung disease and other lung conditions that lead to transplantation. Pulmonologists will help manage your condition before and after transplant surgery.
  • Transplant surgeons - physicians who specialize in transplants and who will be performing the surgery.
  • Nurse coordinators - nurses who organize all aspects of care provided to you before and after the transplant. The nurse coordinator will provide patient education and will coordinate the diagnostic testing and follow-up care. All our nurses are CCTC certified (certified clinical transplant coordinator).
  • Social workers - professionals who will help your family deal with many issues that may arise including lodging and transportation, finances and legal issues.
  • Financial coordinators - financial experts who have extensive experience working with transplant patients. The financial coordinator will arrange and clarify the financial aspects of your care before, during and after the transplant.
  •  Pharmacists - dedicated pharmacists have extensive experience with medications for transplant patients and will monitor your medications while you are in the hospital and at clinic visits.
  • Dietitian - a dietitian will help manage your nutrition both before and after transplantation. The dietitian can help you with any special dietary instructions or diets to manage co-existing medical complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
  • Primary care physician - Your primary care physician is a critical part of the transplant team. You need to maintain a relationship with your primary care physicians since they will be a vital part of your general care. Your transplant specialist and primary care physicians will work together to provide continuing care to you following transplant
  • Other team members – professionals who will evaluate you before transplantation and will make recommendations to the team. These include, but are not limited to, anesthesiologists, hematologists, infectious disease specialists and psychologists

For additional information or to begin a lung transplant evaluation, call 314-TOP-DOCS (314-867-3627) or toll free 866-867-3627.

Pulmonologists and Transplant Surgeons

Photo of Doctor Roger D Yusen
Critical Care, Pulmonology
Saint Louis
Dr. Yusen specializes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema, lung transplantation, and venous thromboembolism.

Photo of Doctor Murali M Chakinala
Transplant Medical-Adult, Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care
Saint Louis
Dr. Chakinala specializes in lung disease. Dr. Chakinala is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

Photo of Doctor Bryan F Meyers
Transplant Surgical-Adult, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery (General)
Saint Louis
Dr. Meyers focuses on thoracic surgery. Dr. Meyers is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

Photo of Doctor A. Sasha Krupnick
Transplant Surgical-Adult, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Surgery (General)
Saint Louis
Dr. Krupnick focuses practice on thoracic surgery, lung cancer surgery, minimally invasive lung surgery, lung transplantation and immunotherapy.

Photo of Doctor G. Alexander Patterson
Cardiothoracic Surgery, Transplant Surgical-Adult
Saint Louis
Dr. Patterson sees thoracic surgery patients only; he does not see cardiac surgery patients. Dr. Patterson specializes in thoracic surgery, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, Barrett's esophagus, tracheal tumors, disease of the airway, adult lung transplantation, lung volume reduction, lung surgery, thoracic disease, heart-lung transplant, pulmonary hypertension, emphysema, thoracic malignancies, and myasthenia gravis. Dr. Patterson is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

Photo of Doctor Daniel Kreisel
Transplant Surgical-Adult, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Saint Louis
Dr. Kreisel specializes in thoracic surgery, lung transplant, lung cancer, benign esophageal disease and emphysema.

Photo of Doctor Ramsey Hachem
Transplant Medical-Adult, Critical Care, Pulmonology, Internal Medicine
Saint Louis
Dr. Hachem specializes in treating diseases of the lungs. Dr. Hachem is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

Photo of Doctor Elbert P Trulock
Transplant Medical-Adult, Pulmonology, Internal Medicine
Saint Louis
Dr. Trulock specializes in pulmonary disease, lung transplantation, pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Trulock is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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