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Transforming Heart and Lung Transplant Programs at Emory

Under the leadership of Mani Daneshmand, MD, Emory has been making transformational changes to its heart and lung failure and transplant programs. They have been brought together into one comprehensive program to improve care and coordination for patients and their families, along with providing the highest quality of care.

The goal is to create a future where no Georgia resident will need to leave the state to get advanced heart and lung failure care.

Leader of the Heart and Lung Transplant Programs

Dr. Daneshmand joined Emory in June after leaving Duke University Medical Center where he served as surgical director of lung and heart-lung transplantation and surgical director of the Extracorporeal Life Support Program. He has been eager to apply his experiences and insights here at Emory.

When asked what his vision is for the programs, Dr. Daneshmand says, “I see a bright future for Emory Healthcare and for the heart transplant, lung transplant and mechanical circulatory support programs at Emory. We are working towards becoming a national leader in high quality, high volume clinical care, but we also want to be a national leader in innovation and development.”

Dr. Daneshmand’s goal is to continue to improve access to care, the quality of care, and the technologies that deliver care. These changes allow Emory to deliver the high quality care patients in Georgia and across the Southeast need.

“Emory Transplant Center is excited to have Dr. Daneshmand, and we look forward to continuing to work very closely with him to provide excellent and innovative care to patients with heart and lung disease,” says Thomas Pearson, MD, DPhil, executive director of the Emory Transplant Center and Livingston Professor of Surgery in the Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery at Emory.

“We are excited for Dr. Daneshmand’s future here at Emory as a leading innovator and expert in the field, as we expand our services for patients with heart and lung disease in Georgia and the Southeast,” says Michael E. Halkos, MD, MSc, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and professor of surgery in the Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine. “While at Duke, Dr. Daneshmand helped develop its program into one of the leading thoracic transplant and mechanical circulatory support programs in the U.S. Our goal is for Emory to be one of the top five heart and lung transplant and mechanical circulatory support programs in the country within the next five years.”

To learn more about Emory’s Heart & Lung Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support programs, visit emoryhealthcare.org/heart-lung or call 404-778-7777.

About Emory Transplant Center

Emory Transplant Center offers a comprehensive organ-transplantation program, providing clinical excellence and new transplant therapies for patients in need of heart, lung, kidney, liver and pancreas transplants. Based on Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network 2019 data, Emory Transplant Center ranks among the top 16 transplant programs in the nation for overall adult volume, performing more than 9,900 transplants to date.

For more information about the Emory Transplant Center or to schedule an appointment at any one of our satellite locations, call 855-EMORY-TX (366-7989) or visit emoryhealthcare.org/transplant.

About Dr. Daneshmand

dr mani daneshmandMani Daneshmand, MD, joined Emory from Duke University Medical Center, where he served as surgical director of lung and heart-lung transplantation and surgical director of the Extracorporeal Life Support Program.

His research interests focus on the causes of and treatments for advanced heart and lung failure to identify new therapies. With Daneshmand’s arrival, Emory’s heart and lung transplant, mechanical circulatory and ECMO programs will consolidate services into one comprehensive program, improving care coordination for patients and their families, and providing world-class transplant and life support services to the people of Georgia and the entire Southeast.

Real Patients, Real Stories: Hear from Two-Time Lung Transplant Recipient

Joseph McCanne was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just three years of age. That diagnosis began a life-long journey that would ultimately lead to two lung transplant surgeries – with each transplant giving him a new opportunity to enjoy life at its fullest. Hear Joseph’s story as he describes his journey to transplant and how the Emory Lung Transplant Program has impacted his life.

As we reflect on this Thanksgiving holiday and all that we are thankful for, let’s remember those who have given the generous donation of life through organ transplantation.

“I know firsthand how lifesaving organ donation can be,” says Joseph. “It is a beautiful, wonderful gift and I am thankful.”

Emory Lung Transplant Program

Emory Transplant Center offers the only Lung Transplant Program in Georgia. Our program specializes in the treatment of complex lung disorders and offers the full continuum of high-level care involved in lung transplantation. Performing more than 500 lung transplants, we are at the forefront of clinical excellence, innovative transplant therapies, and outstanding pre- and post-transplant care. Our number one goal is to provide our patients with the unsurpassed, comprehensive care they deserve.

Georgia’s Only Lung Transplant Program: In 1993, Emory established the only lung transplant center in Georgia, with the primary mission of serving Georgia residents suffering from untreatable complex lung diseases. To date, Emory has performed over 500 lung transplant procedures.

Multidisciplinary Team of Specialists: Emory’s team of lung transplant providers is highly skilled in the care of lung transplant patients. Our team of specialists includes pulmonologists, transplant surgeons, cardiologists, transplant coordinators, and nurses, working together to provide superior care.

Commitment to Transplant Research: Our commitment to research, education and patient care is reflected in the success of our program. Emory’s highly regarded team of physicians is at the forefront of lung transplant research. They are currently investigating immune tolerance as well as end-stage pulmonary vascular disease and experimental methods for effective gene therapy.

To learn more about the Emory Lung Transplant Program, visit emoryhealthcare.org/lungtransplant or call 855-366-7989.

Double-Lung Transplant Gives Man New Outlook on Life

Double Lung Transplant Joseph McCanne and FamilyJoseph McCanne was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just three years old. That diagnosis began a long journey that would ultimately include two double-lung transplants at Emory Transplant Center – with each transplant giving him a new opportunity to enjoy life at its fullest.

Declining Health, Steps Toward Transplant

At first, Joseph was hesitant to consider a double-lung transplant, despite his declining health. His cystic fibrosis was creating several serious health issues, including constant bouts of pneumonia that were sending him regularly to the hospital and lung function that eventually dropped to 13 percent.

It wasn’t until 2009 when he began to envision a brighter, healthier future – and that was all thanks to one person in particular: Kayse, the woman who would become his wife.

“I wanted to stick around a little longer,” he admits.

After years of indecision, he called the Emory Transplant Center and told them he was ready. Joseph was placed high on the transplant list and waited only two weeks. On October 7, 2009, he arrived at Emory for a bilateral transplant.

After a 12-hour surgery, a three-week hospital stay, and one-month recovery at home, he was playing racquetball.

“It was life-changing,” he says. “Climbing Stone Mountain, playing racquetball and tennis, going for a job in the neighborhood – most people take those things for granted, but they were amazing for me. It was a beautiful, wonderful gift.”

A Third Chance at Life

Joseph enjoyed seven years of good health – until June 2016 when he began to feel short of breath during regular activities. He returned to Emory, where he was diagnosed with a fungal infection. The infection was causing the transplanted lungs to suddenly go into rejection.

On March 13, 2017, he underwent a second double-lung transplant, once again performed at Emory Transplant Center.

“Emory has always been there, and they’ve been great,” says Joseph. “The doctors and nurses feel like family. They’ve been very supportive and instrumental to my health since I was 11.”

Now, Joseph is back to the life he enjoys: One that includes hiking, running, working and playing with his children.

“I’m doing things I’ve never thought possible – because of Emory, because of the transplant, and because of the care they provide,” he finishes.

The Power of Organ Donation

Spring is a great time to recognize those who have saved lives through organ donation, with observances and local events, such as National Donate Life Month in April, which encourages Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors, and the 2019 Atlanta Kidney Walk in May.

“I know firsthand how lifesaving organ donation can be,” says Joseph. “Having new life after transplantation allows you to do things you could never do. It’s an amazing feeling. It’s a brand new start.”

You can also register to become an organ donor by visiting Donate Life Georgia.

About Emory Transplant Center

Emory Transplant Center has performed nearly 500 lung transplant surgeries through the Emory Lung Transplant Program. Emory is a leader in clinical excellence and in pioneering new transplant therapies. We offer cutting-edge technology and superior outcomes in kidney transplant, liver transplant, lung transplant and pancreas transplant.

Our patients come from all over the nation for our high level of expertise and proven patient outcomes. We are proud to be ranked among the top 12 transplant programs in the nation and have performed more than 9,400 transplants to date.

To learn more about the Emory Transplant Center, visit emoryhealthcare.org/transplant or call 855-366-7989.