• Lung transplant program

    The UK lung transplant program was established in 1991 and has completed nearly 300 transplants over the past two decades. Our multidisciplinary team consists of cardiothoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, pharmacists and nurses working together to determine the appropriate treatment options for each patient.

    The pulmonary transplant program is broadly divided into four clinical areas to facilitate patient care.

      1. Interstitial lung disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

      2. Adult and pediatric cystic fibrosis.

      3. Pulmonary vascular disease and pulmonary hypertension.

      4. Patients with emphysema/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including those patients with coal miner's pneumoconiosis.

    Early referral is critical for patients who may be candidates for lung transplantation. For patients who are currently hospitalized, inpatient consultation for transfer is encouraged to help expedite evaluation and treatment. Patients with life-limiting lung disease are ideal transplant candidates and are encouraged to seek a transplant evaluation.

    The program will consider patients older than 65 years of age and those on mechanical ventilation. Our doctors are available to discuss individual cases over the telephone as a resource for referring providers. For a physician consultation, please contact UK- MDs at 800-888-5533. For lung transplant clinic appointments please call 800-456-5287.

  • About lung transplantation

    Lung transplantation is a type of surgery to remove a diseased lung and replace it with a healthy lung. In the majority of lung transplantation surgeries, the healthy lung comes from a deceased donor. However, in some rare cases (usually involving lung transplantations in children) two living donors provide a lobe of lung tissue to form a whole lung for the recipient. Lung transplantations can be single or double replacements. Read more about lung transplantation »

  • Nicole Tipton

    Nicole's had cystic fibrosis since she was born, but over time her lungs have scarred. Nicole's conditioned became so bad that her mom, Teresa, wasn't sure Nicole was going to make it. She says before she knew it, her little girl was in the hospital, hooked up to IVs, unsure of how her daughter's body would react to the transplant. Read more. 

  • Kevin Bauereis

    Kevin Bauereis' wife of seven years, Kara, prayed every day for a transplant for her husband. "I believed that it was going to come, but it was getting very difficult to see our future. It was really coming down to the last minute," she says. A year later, 30-years-old Kevin has a new lease on life. Read more.

  • Ernie Gillispie

    Ernie Gillispie, 68, spent 37 years working in Kentucky coal mines, and 25 years living with black lung disease. His lungs were full of coal dust, and it was, quite literally, killing him.

    “If you can’t breathe, you can’t do anything,” Gillispie said... Read more 

    Dawn Nelson

    Dawn Nelson was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus at 17 and rheumatoid arthritis at 22. Four years ago, she developed pulmonary hypertension, fatal without timely treatment. The disease destroyed her lungs, and her heart began to fail when it could no longer push blood into them.

    She received two lungs and a heart from the same donor in one procedure at UK...Read more 

    Sid Vahal

    “The breathing was getting really bad, I was running out of breath constantly,” Sid Vahal said. “I could barely get out of bed and walk around to do normal activities.” His prognosis was so poor that doctors indicated Vahal had only hours to live. Read more.