Why choose Mayo Clinic

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From the Alaskan woods to top of the transplant list

The first sign something was wrong came when Dennis Chavez was out hunting caribou with his wife, Maria. The Wasilla, Alaska, native suddenly found that he couldn’t cover ground like he used to. He quickly became winded — much more quickly than he expected. He ignored the signs for a while. But one day a [...]

  • Team approach. At Mayo Clinic, an integrated team of doctors trained in lung disease (pulmonologists), chest surgery, infectious disease management and other specialties evaluates and treats you. Mayo Clinic doctors work with doctors from many other areas to provide the most appropriate care. Pediatric pulmonologists at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota work with adult pulmonologists to care for people of all ages.
  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors and surgeons have experience diagnosing and treating people who have lung disease.
  • Surgical expertise. Mayo Clinic lung transplant surgeons have performed more than 500 procedures since performing their first lung transplant in 1990. Transplant outcomes compare favorably with the national average.
  • Efficient system. In Mayo Clinic's system, your transplant doctors and treatment team will examine you, perform your transplant and coordinate follow-up care.
  • Research. At Mayo Clinic, you may have access to ongoing clinical trials, research and new treatments.
Sep. 25, 2010