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Heart Transplant Program

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A multidisciplinary approach to transplant care

The heart transplant program at UK Transplant Center offers comprehensive care for transplant patients. Our heart transplant program was founded in 1991, and since that time we have performed hundreds of heart transplants for patients with end-stage heart disease. In fact, UK Transplant Center holds the record for the most heart transplants in one year by a single center in Kentucky.

Our highly trained doctors and nurses specialize in the complex medical needs of heart transplant patients, while our team’s social workers, pharmacists, nutritionists and support staff offer personalized plans to help our patients and their families throughout the entire transplant process — before, during and after surgery. 

Advanced technology is a critical part of our program, which offers mechanical circulatory support and left ventricular assist devices, or LVADs, as part of our heart failure and transplant care. These technologies help make it possible for our transplant team to offer patients the highest level of care.

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  • About heart transplant

    Heart transplantation is a surgical procedure that allows doctors to remove a diseased or failing heart muscle and replace it with a donated healthier heart. Heart transplants are usually a last resort after other medical approaches have been attempted. Common approaches include medications, surgical procedures or placement of assistive devices like a VAD.

    Even though a heart transplant is a major surgery, chances of survival are good and quality of life is also positive provided that the patient takes steps to maintain the health of the new heart.

  • Make an appointment

    Appointments available

    If you are a new patient or would like to learn more about UK HealthCare Transplant Center services, please call us toll-free at 866-285-4337.

    Current patients

    If you are a patient and need to reach a member of your transplant team, please contact us at:

    Heart transplant team
    Toll-free: 800-456-5287
    Local: 859-323-4620

  • Patient stories

    Reuben Ligon with his grandsons.Reuben Ligon had a broken heart for years.

    When it came time to replace it with a transplanted one, there was only one place he would trust for the surgery: UK.

    Congestive heart disease had plagued Reuben Ligon for almost 40 years. It limited his ability to work as a diesel mechanic – a job he loves – and to enjoy time with his family, which includes two sons, a daughter and, now, six grandsons.

    It finally threatened his life. Read Reuben's story »

    Heart transplant patient Joe MadisonHeart transplant at UK brings new life to longtime chauffeur

    Talkative and energetic, Madison never liked to sit still. At one point, he was working three jobs to keep himself busy.

    But about five years ago, his hectic lifestyle came to a halt when he fell ill. As his health worsened, he got some startling news: He had congestive heart failure. Read Joe's story »

    Conrad WebsterConrad Webster knew his time was almost up. A double transplant changed that.

    Louisville man receives heart, kidney transplants at UK HealthCare

    He pushed through a failing heart for a decade, determined to avoid undergoing a transplant. But in the past year, 49-year-old Conrad Webster knew his time was almost up. Read Conrad's story »