Dr. Bremner explains if a lung transplant changes a person's life.
The thing about lung transplant is as soon as you get your new lungs, you can breathe properly again, and so patients actually are really struggling to breathe when they are on the transplant list and usually are on oxygen 24 hours a day. They get their new lungs, and all of a sudden they now have great exercise capacity. They can now have social life and get around without their oxygen. So, the life change is remarkable.
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.