Errol L. Bush, M.D.

Errol Lovester Bush, M.D.

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  • Surgical Director, Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Program
  • Associate Professor of Surgery


Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS), Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), General Vascular Surgery, Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer Surgery, Lung Diseases, Lung Nodules, Lung Transplant, Mesothelioma, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Pleural Diseases, Robotic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) more

Research Interests

Improving clinical outcomes for advanced lung disease and lung transplant more

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Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508
600 N. Wolfe Street
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Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-4408 | Fax: 410-614-9428
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Errol L. Bush, M.D., FACS, is a thoracic surgeon and surgical director of the Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Program for the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center. He also serves as director of the Ex vivo Lung Perfusion Program (EVLP)

Dr. Bush specializes in the surgical treatment of chronic and end stage lung diseases, as well as benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) diseases and lesions of the chest. He is skilled in minimally invasive operations such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), a type of thoracic surgery performed using a small video camera that is introduced into the patient's chest via a scope to treat lung and esophageal cancers. Dr. Bush also has experience with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a technique of providing both cardiac and respiratory support oxygen to patients whose heart and lungs can no longer serve their function.

His research interests include investigations of outcomes and health disparities related to lung cancer, lung transplant and ECMO patients. Dr. Bush is currently leading several open clinical trials. more


  • Surgical Director, Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Program
  • Director, Ex vivo Lung Perfusion Program (EVLP)
  • Associate Professor of Surgery

Departments / Divisions

  • Surgery - General Thoracic Surgery

Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Duke University School of Medicine (2003)


  • General Surgery; Duke University Hospital (2010)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery; University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (2013)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery (Surgery- General) (2010)
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery (Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery) (2014)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Hsu J, Krishnan A, Lin CT, Shah PD, Broderick SR, Higgins RSD, Merlo CA, Bush EL. Sarcopenia of the Psoas Muscles Is Associated With Poor Outcomes Following Lung Transplantation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019 Apr; 107(4):1082-1088. PubMed PMID: 30447192

Hsu J, Krishnan A, Lee SA, Dodd-o JM, Kim BS, Illei P, Yarnoff K, Hamad AA, Rabb H, Bush EL. CD3+CD4-CD8- Double Negative αβ T cells Attenuate Lung Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 Nov 2; [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31864698

Krishnan A, Hsu J, Ha JS, Broderick SR, Shah PD, Higgins RS, Merlo CA, Bush EL. Elevated neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio is associated with poor long-term survival and graft failure after lung transplantation. Am J Surg. 2020 Apr 18:S0002-9610(20)30211-7. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32334799

Maredia H, Bowring MG, Massie AB, Bae S, Kernodle A, Oyetunji S, Merlo CA, Higgins RSD, Segev DL, Bush EL.  Better understanding the disparity associated with Black race in heart transplant outcomes: a national registry analysis. Circ Heart Fail. Accepted 30 Oct 2020.  Embargo 19 Jan 2021

Bigelow B, Toci G, Etchill E, Krishnan A, Merlo C, Bush EL. Nutritional Risk Index: A Predictive Metric for Mortality Following Lung Transplant. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Oct 12:S0003-4975(20)31653-2. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33058825

Activities & Honors


  • Melinda F. and William H. Gates Foundation University Scholar, Duke University
  • Stanley J. Sarnoff Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Division of Cardiology
  • Minority Undergraduate Summer Research Program-Sensitivity of p53 lysine mutants to MDM2-mediated ubiquitination, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program-The role of glutathione in preventing hepatic dysfunction following hind-limb ischemia reperfusion injuries, Harvard School of Medicine


  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 2015
  • International Society of Heart & Lung Transplant, 2012
  • Society of Black Academic Surgeons, 2015
  • American College of Surgeons (Fellow), 2015
  • Western Thoracic Surgical Association, 2014

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Aiming to Increase the Supply of Donor Lungs with Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion, Johns Hopkins Surgery (Summer 2016)

Breathing Easier: The Journey from Transplant Patient to Johns Hopkins Nurse, Dome (Nov./Dec. 2020)

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