March 2012

Louisville Team Performs Hand Transplant on Eighth Patient

Louisville, KY

A team of 24 surgeons performed a hand transplant during a 15-1/2 hour procedure at Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health. The transplant procedure was performed on a 56-year-old man by the Louisville Vascularized Composite Allograft Program team on Feb. 15-16. The team is made up of surgeons and researchers from Jewish Hospital, the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, and the University of Louisville. The patient’s right hand was caught in a piece of farm machinery in 2003, and was amputated at the wrist. He is now recovering at Jewish Hospital. The hand transplant is sponsored by the Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research and Office of Army Research to advance research in vascularized composite allograft.