Transplant

Louisville Transplant Center

The goal of the UofL Physicians’ transplant doctors is not just to give our patients a longer life, but a substantially better quality of life. We perform a large number of transplants for many organs, and our years of experience translate to better outcomes for our patients.

UofL Physicians are part of collaborative multidisciplinary teams that includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, infectious disease specialists, researchers, rehabilitation consultants, social workers, dietitians, psychiatrists, pharmacists and financial coordinators, who all bring a unique set of skills to the table. We have one common goal: to help our patients and their families deal with both the challenges and new possibilities after a transplant.

UofL Physicians’ transplant doctors are an integral part of the Trager Transplant Center, which is one of the leading providers of organ transplantation in the country. We make it our mission to improve lives. The Center is nationally recognized for performing Kentucky’s first adult heart, pancreas, heart-lung and liver transplant. In addition, our transplant team also was responsible for the first minimally invasive kidney donation in Kentucky.

The center has been named a Federally Designated Medicare Heart, Lung, Kidney, Liver and Pancreas Transplant Center, an elite group approved to perform all five solid organ transplants. The Center is also a member of numerous national transplant networks.

Through the Trager Transplant Center, UofL Physicians offers a full spectrum of organ transplants for adults. In partnership with Kosair Children’s Hospital, our physicians also serve children.

Whether you’re looking for a program to deal with a specific disease or awaiting a transplant, we can help.

Find a Louisville Transplant Specialist by viewing the Our Physicians tab.

Louisville Doctors performing transplants

  • Heart Transplant
  • Lung Transplant
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Lung Transplant
  • Liver Transplant
  • Pancreas Transplant
  • Islet Cell Transplant

Heart Transplant

More than 6 million people suffer from heart failure with 500,000 new cases each year. More than 250,000 patients a year will die as a result of heart failure. UofL Physicians’ transplant experts understand the pain, struggles, and frustrations that affect people with heart disease, and those who care for them. As part of The Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Thoracic Transplantation, we are making strides in research, advancements, and technology to decrease the mortality rates and provide life-saving options for individuals suffering from heart failure. We pursue advanced transplant research, develop new technologies, promote enhanced educational programs, and provide the finest pre- and post-transplant patient care available in the region.

UofL Physicians performed the first adult heart transplant in Kentucky at Jewish Hospital in 1984. Since then nearly 450 heart transplants have been performed, thanks to our dedicated, expert multidisciplinary team approach at the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Center.

To learn more, visit Jewish Transplant Care.

Lung Transplant

For more than 15 years, our lung transplant program has given new hope to people of all ages. We perform lung transplants for the entire spectrum of respiratory diseases. UofL Physicians are part of the Lung Transplant program at Jewish Hospital. The first heart/lung transplant in Kentucky was performed in 1988 at Jewish Hospital, and the first double-lung transplant was performed in 1995. Patients dealing with end-stage lung disease have continually relied on the expertise of transplant surgeons, pulmonologists, transplant coordinators, psychiatrists, social workers, financial coordinators, medical consultants and administrators who work closely with the operating room, critical care and medical-surgical units at Jewish Hospital to provide the highest standard of patient care.

Besides performing successful lung transplants, we pride ourselves on the special compassion we provide to the people we serve, with respect for the dignity of the patient and the loved ones who care for and struggle alongside them.

To learn more, visit Jewish Transplant Care.

Kidney Transplant

UofL Physicians are an integral part of the Kidney Transplant Program at Jewish Hospital, which is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for patients in need of kidney transplantation. The first kidney transplant in Western Kentucky was performed at Jewish Hospital in 1964. Since that time, we have performed more than 2,500 kidney transplants and completed Kentucky’s first non-related living kidney donor transplant in 1994.

In 2009, the kidney transplant program performed nearly 100 kidney transplant procedures from both deceased and living donors. The kidney program performs living kidney donations via a minimally invasive, laparoscopic approach.

Our multidisciplinary team of experienced transplant experts works together to provide our patients and their families with the best care possible. We realize that patient care begins before you ever walk in our doors and continues past the time you are discharged. Thanks to a multi-disciplinary team, each patient is guaranteed the highest standard of care to meet individual needs. Our dedicated team of surgeons, nephrologists, nurse coordinators and social workers works closely with the patient from pre-transplant evaluations through post-transplant care.

In addition, UofL Physicians includes dedicated pediatric nephrologists who operate at first-rate kidney transplant program at Kosair Children’s Hospital.

For more information, please visit the UofL Physicians-Pediatric Kidney Health.

To learn more about our adult program, visit Jewish Transplant Care.

Liver Transplant

A liver transplant is an option when the liver can no longer perform vital functions and when the liver disease can't be corrected in any other way. UofL Physicians are an integral part of the Liver Transplant Program at Jewish Hospital.

Transplant surgeons, hepatologists, transplant coordinators, psychiatrists, social workers, nutritionists, financial coordinators, medical consultants and administrators work together to diagnose and manage liver diseases. Many patients in need of a liver transplant suffer from some form of liver cancer, often caused by cirrhosis and Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC). However, liver failure also can result from other diseases or, in rare cases, certain types of medications.  Our team has built a world-class transplant center with access to the latest techniques and technologies. From the time we are introduced to potential liver transplant patients and their families, through their transition to life outside the hospital, our focus is on easing that journey for all involved.

Pancreas Transplant

A pancreas transplant is a surgical procedure to fix diabetes. Traditionally this has been performed only for type I diabetes. The Trager Transplant Center is the only center in Kentucky that also performs pancreas transplants for selected type II diabetics. Patients receiving a pancreas transplant can rest assured that our Transplant Team has their best interest at heart. From the beginning stages of determining if a transplant is right for you, to post-operative surgery, home care and support groups to get you back to your normal quality of life, we help you and your family navigate the emotional, logistical and financial concerns related to a transplant. Our multidisciplinary team is trained to not only find the treatments that are best for you, but walk you through from beginning to end.

Our trained team of professionals recognizes your pancreas transplant is not simply a surgery, but rather a process for which to prepare, both physically and emotionally. Consultants will work closely with you through the entire process to ensure you stay healthy and strong as you await your transplant, educate you and help manage your fears and uncertainties associated with the procedure. And when it’s over, our team is right there to provide you all the care needed for recovery, as well as resources to help you maintain your quality of life.

To learn more, visit Jewish Transplant Care.

Islet Cell Transplantation

Through the Transplant Center, UofL Physicians are embarking on Islet Cell Transplantation. Islet transplantation is performed to treat or prevent diabetes. This involves taking a donor’s or patient’s pancreas, removing the insulin-producing islets and then giving these cells back to the patient.  Though islet allo-transplant (transplanting islets from one person to another to fix diabetes) remains experimental, islet auto-transplant (giving a patient’s own islets back after his or her pancreas has been removed) is not. The Transplant Center is about to perform the first islet-auto transplant in Kentucky.  This will be performed in patients having their entire pancreas removed to treat the pain of chronic pancreatitis. The auto-transplant is performed during the same operation to prevent diabetes. The evaluation process is extensive and involves endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, and surgeons. UofL Physicians also remain committed to caring for these patients after transplantation.

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

Offices and Clinics

  • Jewish Hospital Transplant Clinic
    200 Abraham Flexner Way
    Transplant Center, 3rd Floor
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
    502-583-8303
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  • St. Joseph Hospital Medical Office Building C
    1401 Harrodsburg Road
    Suite C-25
    Lexington, Kentucky 40504
    502-583-8303
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Hospital Affiliations

  • Jewish Hospital
  • Kosair Children’s Hospital

Visit UofL Physicians related practice pages to find physicians who are involved with transplants.

Or, go to the "Find a Transplant Physician Search" and search under "Transplant."

Next Steps

For more information or to make an appointment,
call 502-588-6000