"UCSF Medical Center is at the forefront of successfully treating patients with end-stage lung disease who have exhausted traditional medical therapies. The UCSF Lung Transplant Program is one of three in the nation with higher-than-expected one-year patient survival rates, even though UCSF transplants some of the most complex patients. The program has performed 468 lung transplants since 1991, and is pioneering new approaches to improve outcomes and make transplantation available to more patients. "Teamwork is critical to the success of our program," said Jasleen Kukreja, M.D., MPH, surgical director of the program. "This includes our pulmonologists, surgical housestaff, operating room staff, anesthesiologists, intensive care unit nursing staff, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and many others." Kukreja and the team perform 40 to 50 lung transplants annually."