New era of lung transplant at Sheba Medical Center

Start of a New Era in Lung Transplantation in Israel – Innovative Unit Opens at Sheba

Dr. Milton Saute, founder of lung transplantation in Israel and a renowned expert in the field, is joining Dr. Liran Levy, of Sheba Medical Center’s Institute of Pulmonary Medicine, to lead and advance the field of lung transplantation on a national level.

Dr. Levy recently returned from a four-year specialization in lung transplants and invasive pulmonology in Toronto, Ontario, at the world’s largest lung transplant center in the world. Using new technology brought from Toronto, the new lung transplant division at Sheba will operate in close collaboration with multidisciplinary departments. This collaboration aims to significantly increase the number of lung transplant recipients in Israel.

“The opening of a new lung transplant unit in Israel brings a quantum leap in the field. Patients can receive a second opinion and additional, comprehensive evaluations regarding their candidacy for transplantation. The Sheba unit integrates the strengths of leading multidisciplinary specialists from Israel and abroad, giving candidates the most complete professional medical services possible – alongside the most advanced, innovative technologies,” said Dr. Levy.

Sheba specialists and divisions that will partner with the new unit include expert pulmonologist Dr. Amir Onn, Prof. Ehud Raanani, director of the Olga and Lev Leviev Heart Center, Dr. Leonid Sternik, director of the Cardiac Surgery Division, and Dr. Ran Kramer, director of the Thoracic Surgery Department. Following transplantation, patients will be hospitalized under the care of Dr. Alexander Kogan, director of the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit.

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In addition to cutting-edge technologies and top physicians, Sheba will provide candidates for lung transplants with a broad range of professional medical services, including all preoperative testing, counseling and preparation for the surgery. An experienced team of dieticians, physiotherapists, psychologists, lung rehabilitation specialists and other healthcare providers will offer their services.

“This is the dawning of a new era in the field of lung transplantation in Israel. Sheba’s pulmonary specialists are working jointly with the cardiac institute, the most impressive unit in the country, to provide patients with optimal medical care,” said Dr. Saute.