The University of Kentucky has a rich tradition in the study of organ failure and has provided solid organ transplantation services to the Commonwealth and the Appalachian region since 1964.
The Center for Transplantation and Organ Failure (CTOF) specializes in care for patients with advanced and end-stage organ disease. Currently, the program performs more than 250 procedures each year including cadaveric kidney, pediatric kidney, combined kidney-pancreas, liver, heart, pediatric lung, adult lung, combined heart-lung, and combined heart-kidney transplantation.
The CTOF living kidney donor transplant program provides an alternative to traditional cadaveric transplants for patients with end-stage renal disease, and the Center participates in the Paired Kidney Exchange Program through UNOS. The abdominal transplant program also provides surgical expertise in complex hepato-biliary procedures in conjunction with the NCI-designated Markey Cancer Center.
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In collaboration with the Gill Heart Institute, the UK Transplant Center provides advanced technologies in mechanical circulatory support (MCS) to patients with end-stage heart and lung disease. UK is a designated Center of Excellence for extracorporeal life support (ECMO) and there is an active research program in artificial lung technologies for patients with acute and chronic respiratory failure. The university has active total artificial heart and left ventricular assist (LVAD) programs for patients with advanced heart failure.
If you are a health care provider and would like to refer a patient to the UK Transplant Center, please call one of the numbers below or refer a patient using the fax referral forms.
Kidney and pancreas referralsToll-free: 866-474-6544Local: 859-323-6544
Liver referralsToll-free: 888-808-3212Local: 859-323-8500
Heart and lung referralsToll-free: 800-456-5287Local: 859-323-4620
As a University of Kentucky Transplant Center patient navigator, Elaine Milem helps patients through the difficult process of preparing for and undergoing kidney transplants. The unique part? Milem, a two-time kidney recipient herself, understands exactly what her patients are going through.
UK HealthCare will kick off National Donate Life Month April 1 with a special flag-raising ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in front of the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital.
University of Kentucky Transplant Center Patient Navigator Elaine Milem, also a transplant patient at UK, has been selected by the American Kidney Fund (AKF) to participate in the organization’s sixth annual advocacy day on Capitol Hill on March 4, 2015.
On Friday, Oct. 24, UK HealthCare will host a special symposium to mark a major anniversary: 50 years of transplantation. The UK Transplant Center is celebrating its five decades of transplant innovation, expertise and patient-centered compassionate care at UK with presentations by some of the top transplant specialist in the country.
The notorious "Freshman 15" is usually little more than a nuisance for new college coeds across the country. But when Georgetown College freshman Lynsey Farrar gained 15 pounds in a single week, she knew something just wasn't right.
Ventricular assist devices (VAD) not only make the difference between life and death for heart failure patients -- they also make a difference in the quality of a patient's life, often improving overall health more than other methods of treatment. The University of Kentucky has been performing VAD procedures since 1995 and recently earned their third straight biannual Certificate of Distinction from The Joint Commission (TJC), the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
Donna Slone, of Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates at UK HealthCare, and Teresa Schladt, a liver transplant recipient who underwent surgery at the UK Chandler Hospital, will give insight on Donate Life Month for the April edition of the #AskACat Twitter chat on Tuesday.
More than 100 UK HealthCare physicians affiliated with University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital and UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital appear on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2014 -- more than any other hospital in Kentucky. Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review.
A Mount Sterling organ donor will be honored on this year's Donate Life float at the annual New Year's Day Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.
The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching gold, silver, and bronze levels of outreach for organ donation and registration.
In collaboration with the American Heart Association's "My Heart. My Life." program, the University of Kentucky Transplant Center is pleased to host a presentation by Derek Fitzgerald, a Pennsylvania transplant patient with an inspiring story to share.
In 1973, Perry County native Jim Halcomb received the gift of life in the form of a new kidney. Forty years later, he got the opportunity to publicly thank his donor family at UK HealthCare and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates' annual Gift of Life Memorial ceremony.
This time last year, Indiana schoolteacher David Morrow was living in UK Chandler Hospital, awaiting a combined heart and kidney transplant. Now he's back at the job he loves -- teaching science and language arts at East Washington Middle School in Pekin, In.
UK HealthCare will present its fifth annual "Women, It’s About You" conference Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Embassy Suites in Lexington.
Several UK HealthCare transplant recipients will attend this season's downtown Gallery Hop in Lexington to showcase the work they created during a "body mapping" workshop earlier this year.
Lexington native Rick Elliott, only the second Kentucky patient to receive the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart as a bridge to transplant, reflects back on a year of waiting for an appropriate donor heart to come along.
Dr. Michael Karpf and the UK Arts in HealthCare program are partnering with Dean Michael Tick from the UK College of Fine Arts, the UK School of Art and Visual Studies, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, the Ruth Hunt Wood Foundation and the Art2Be organization to hold a body mapping workshop Feb. 4-8. Artwork from the workshop will be displayed in a special exhibit in Pavilion A starting Friday, Feb. 8.
"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of UK football and basketball games broadcast on the radio.
The University of Kentucky announced today that UK surgeons performed the first combined heart-lung transplant in Kentucky in 15 years. Dawn Nelson, 29, of Louisville, Ky., received two lungs and a heart from the same donor in one procedure at UK on July 7.
Nominations are open for the inaugural Amy R. Wilson Award for Exemplary Performance at UK HealthCare.
The University of Kentucky is hosting the first annual Makenna Foundation Symposium on Pediatric Pulmonary Disease on Friday and Saturday Oct. 26 and 27.
The first patient to be implanted with the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart in Kentucky has received a donor heart. Zack Poe, 21, of Maysville, Ky., received his new heart in July at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, approximately six months after being placed on the transplant list. Poe was implanted with the Total Artificial Heart (TAH) on Feb. 10, 2012, after being diagnosed with heart failure.
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center's Hematology and Blood and Marrow Transplant Program celebrated the 30th anniversary of its first bone marrow transplant this past weekend with a special reception for former patients.
UK HealthCare hosted a special picnic to celebrate the lives of heart and lung transplant recipients and pay tribute to their donors.
UK HealthCare becomes only the 5th medical center in the U.S. to receive a triple designation for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.
The UK Transplant Center offers three locations to better serve our patients. These clinics allow patients to receive as much care close to home as possible.
This is a clinic of the University of Kentucky Hospital, also known as UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital.
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UK Transplant Center UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital
4th floor, Room C403
800 Rose St.
Lexington KY 40536-0293
UK Transplant & Specialty Clinic
Medical Plaza East
3 Audubon Plaza Drive, Suite 150
Louisville KY 40217
UK Northern Kentucky Transplant Clinic425 Centre View Blvd.
Crestview Hills KY 41017
* Kidney and Liver only
The Transplant Center is focused on quality care for our patients. To review our transplant outcomes, volumes or other
specific information visit the Scientific Registry of Transplant Patients.