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Louisville Hand Transplant Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary of World’s Most Successful Hand Transplant
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03/04/2019
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David McArthur, Senior Manager, Media Relations
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Louisville Hand Transplant Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary of
World’s Most Successful Hand Transplant

 
WHAT:     20th Anniversary of World’s Most Successful Hand Transplant
 
WHEN:    March 5, 2019
               10:00 a.m.
 
WHERE:    Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center
                  16th Floor Conference Center, Press “CC” in Elevator
                  201 Abraham Flexner Way, Louisville, KY
 
WHO:         Matthew Scott, Hand Transplant Recipient
                  Ron Waldridge, MD, president, Jewish Hospital
                  Tuna Ozyurekoglu, MD, Lead Reconstructive Surgeon, President, Christine M. Kleinert  Institute
               Partner, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center
             Christopher Jones, MD, Lead Transplantation Physician, Jewish Hospital Transplantation  Program Director
               Transplant Surgery Division Chief at University of Louisville Physicians – Transplantation Surgery and UofL School of Medicine
             Christina Kaufman, PhD, Executive director, Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and  Microsurgery

MORE:          
The Louisville Vascularized Composite Allograft (VCA) program, a partnership of physicians, researchers and healthcare providers from Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health; the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery (CMKI); the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center; and the University of Louisville, will mark the 20th anniversary of its first and the world’s most successful hand transplant.
 
Matthew Scott became the first patient to undergo a hand transplant in the United States at Jewish Hospital in 1999.  The success of his transplant has impacted the future of both transplantation and reconstructive surgery around the world. As of 2019, there have been more than 200 hands transplanted on more than 140 patients around the world. Many of the physicians who have performed these surgeries were trained through the VCA program, meaning the impact of this history-making medical procedure ripples far beyond Louisville.
 
EDITOR’S NOTE:
B-roll of Matthew Scott and physicians, along with the hand transplant team following the news conference.

B-roll as Matthew Scott undergoes an examination of his left hand using the Vevo 2100 biomicroscopy ultrasound. The exam will demonstrate the continued mobility and the health of the vessels in the transplanted hand. It will conducted by Christina Kaufman, PhD, executive director, Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand & Microsurgery

Additional Photos and b-roll of Matthew Scott can be found at www.handtransplant.com.
 

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