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.
UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital - Pavilion GFirst Floor, Suite G100Gill Heart & Vascular Institute800 Rose St.
Lexington KY 40536Fax 859-257-7402
UK Transplant & Specialty ClinicSuite 150Medical Plaza East3 Audubon Plaza Drive
Louisville KY 40217
Services available: Heart, Lung, Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, Living Donor
Erma Ora Byrd CenterFourth Floor1249 15th St.
Huntington WV 25701
This clinic takes place on the fourth Friday of every month.
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.
Heart transplant education
What to Expect (PDF, 106 KB)
This informative brochure explains what you can expect at your first clinic visit.
Guía Sobre el Pre-Trasplante Cardiaco (Spanish-PDF, 396 KB)
The purpose of this guide is to provide you and your family with a better understanding of the transplant process. The information in this book also will help you understand what questions to ask and to whom to ask those questions. We hope that by carefully reading through this book, you will be better prepared for your situation.
For additional information about transplant, visit the websites listed below. These sites are reputable organizations that offer reliable information.
- Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA)
- Trust for Life
- American Heart Association
- International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
VAD support group
November 10, 2017
UK Chandler Hospital
July 20, 2018
March 16, 2018
September 21, 2018
May 18, 2018
November 16, 2018
Heart transplant support group
Meetings are from 3 to 5 p.m. in Pavilion-A, Room 01.605b. The group is casual and informal. A light meal will be provided.
- December 13, 2017
- March 7, 2018
- June 6, 2018
- September 5, 2018
For questions, contact:
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.
If you are a patient and need to reach a member of your transplant team, please contact us at:
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