Dr. Bremner recalls if a lung transplant is a common operation.
Well lung transplant is still a pretty uncommon transplant to be done and transplants are as a whole an uncommon procedure all in all. They usually are offered as the last resort in terms of any disease process. So, for example, we only offer a heart transplant in patients who cannot have any medications or surgical procedures to make their current heart any better and the same applies to lung transplants.
So, it is still an unusual procedure, and as an example, a hospital that does a high volume of heart transplants, that’s somewhere in the region of 30 to 40 transplants a year.
Dr. Bremner, M.D., Ph.D.:
Ross M. Bremner, M.D., Ph.D., is surgical director of the Center for Thoracic Disease and chief of thoracic surgery at the Heart & Lung Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Bremner completed his medical school training in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand where he graduated magna cum laude and received the Harwood Nash Memorial medal for surgery. He then completed his general surgery training at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, during which time he also completed his Ph.D. Dr. Bremner then went on to complete his cardiothoracic training at USC after which he joined the faculty as assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery and director of the Hastings Thoracic Oncology Laboratory.