To Manish Mohanka, M.D., a pulmonologist who specializes in the care of lung transplant patients, lung transplantation is one of the great advances in medicine over the past few decades. It offers hope to patients with end-stage lung diseases when all other therapies have failed.
Our team works tirelessly – and seamlessly – to provide the best care for our patients.”
When he first sees his patients, they are very short of breath from even minimal exertion – going to work or even walking a few steps causes problems. A transplant frees them to live as they want to again.
“After transplant, patients can not only breathe a lot better, but they also are free of oxygen tanks and apparatus,” Dr. Mohanka says. “It gives them the liberty to participate in many more activities.”
As part of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Lung Disease and Transplantation Program, Dr. Mohanka sees patients before, during, and after their surgery. He manages their care for the rest of their lives, addressing potential problems quickly.
The Lung Transplant Program at UT Southwestern is ranked among the top in the nation for one-year and three-year post-transplant survival of lung transplant patients.
In addition to helping patients, Dr. Mohanka enjoys employing research to advance the technologies used for lung transplantation. While lung transplantation has been performed since the 1980s, it’s still a developing field.
Dr. Mohanka, along with other members of the lung transplantation team, engages in clinical research to increase the supply of available organs and prevent rejection of implanted organs.
Through his patient care and research efforts, Dr. Mohanka wants lung transplant patients to pursue their dreams, whether that’s leading a normal childhood or living long enough to play with a grandchild.