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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, Pleura Diseases, Robotic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) more

Research Interests

Improving clinical outcomes for advanced lung disease and lung transplant

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Phone: 410-955-4408 | Fax: 410-614-9428


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

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD, Duke University School of Medicine (2003)


  • Duke University School of Medicine / General Surgery (2010)
  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine / Cardiothoracic Surgery (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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Bush EL, Maeda, N, Kuziel WA, Dawson T, Wilcox J, DeLeon H, Taylor R. Chemokine Receptor 2 is required for macrophage infiltration and vascular hypertrophy in angiotensin II-induced hypertension. Hypertension, 36(3): 360-363, September 2000. PMID: 10988265

Bush EL, Lin SS. Lung Transplantation: Advances in Immunosuppression. Thorac Surg Clin. 2006 Nov; 16(4):421-33. PMID: 17240827

Bollinger RR, Barbas AS, Bush EL, Lin SS, Parker W. Biofilms in the normal human large bowel: fact rather than fiction. Gut 2007 Oct;56(10):148-52. PMID: 17872584

Bollinger RR, Barbas AS, Bush EL, Lin SS, Parker W. Biofilms in the large bowel suggest an apparent function of the human vermiform appendix. J Theor Biol. 2007 Dec 21;249(4):826-31. PMID: 17936308

Atkins BZ, Trachtenberg MS, Prince-Peterson R, Vess G, Bush EL, Balsara KR, Lin SS, Davis RD Jr. Assessing oropharyngeal dysphagia after lung transplantation: altered swallowing mechanisms and increased morbidity. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2007 Nov;26(11):1144-8. PMID: 18022080

Li B, Hartwig MG, Appel JZ, Bush EL, Holzknecht ZE, Collins BH, Howell DN, Parker W, David RD, Lin SS. Chronic aspiration of gastric fluid induces the development of obliterative bronchiolitis in rat lung transplants. AM J Transplant. 2008 Aug;8(8):1614-21. PMID: 18557728

Hughes GC, Nienaber JJ, Bush EL, Daneshmand MA, McCann RL. Use of custom Dacron branch grafts for "hybrid" aortic debranching during endovascular repair of thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2008;136(1):21-28, 28 e21-26. PMID: 18603048

Hughes GC, Daneshmand MA, Swaminathan M, Nienaber JJ, Bush EL, Husain AH, Wolfe WG, McCann RL. "Real World" thoracic endografting: results with the Gore TAG device 2 years ater U.S. FDA approval. Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 Nov;86(5): 1530-7. PMID: 19049744

Bush EL, Barbas AS, Holzknecht ZE, Byrne GW, McGregor CG, Parker W, Davis RD, Lin SS. Coagulopathy in a-galactosyl transferase knockout pulmonary xenotransplants. Xenotransplantation. 2011 Jan-Feb; 18(1):6-13. PMID: 21342283

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

Bilateral Lung Transplant | Ben's Story

FAQs | Lung Transplant

FAQs | New Lung Allocation Policy

Minimally Invasive Surgery Options for Lung Cancer

Tomorrow's Discoveries: Strengthening Lungs Before Transplants

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

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

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