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Louisville Hand Transplant Program Celebrates 15th Anniversary of World’s Most Successful Hand Transplant - Archived




WHAT:          15th Anniversary of World’s Most Successful Hand Transplant

WHEN:          March 20, 2014
                    9:30 a.m.

WHERE:       Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center
                   Hank Wagner Conference Center
                   201 Abraham Flexner Way, Louisville, KY

WHO:          Matthew Scott, Hand Transplant Recipient
                   Joseph Kutz, MD, Hand Surgeon, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center
                   Michael Marvin, MD, Transplant Surgeon, Jewish Hospital/University of Louisville
                   Toni Ganzel, MD, Dean, University of Louisville School of Medicine
                   Christina Kaufman, PhD, Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand & Microsurgery
                   Sherri Craig, Vice President, Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation


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 15th anniversary of its first and the world’s most successful hand transplant.   


Matt Scott became the first patient to undergo a hand transplant at Jewish Hospital in 1999.  The success of his transplant has impacted the future of both transplantation and reconstructive surgery around the world. Donnie Rickelman, the seventh hand transplant recipient from the Louisville program, will also be present for the celebration.



                        B-roll of Matt Scott and physicians, along with guests at a reception immediately
                        following the news conference.  Photos and b-roll of all eight patient hand transplants
                        including Matt Scott can be found at





Publish date: 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014