The Composite Tissue Allotransplantation program is a partnership of physicians and researchers at Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center, Kleinert Kutz & Associates, and the University of Louisville. The group developed the pioneering hand transplant procedure and were the first surgeons to perform hand transplants in the United States. As of March 2011, there have been a total of 70 hands transplanted on 52 patients around the world.

A hand transplant, unlike a solid organ transplant, involves multiple tissues (skin, muscle, tendon, bone, cartilage, fat, nerves and blood vessels) and is called composite tissue allotransplantation.


Matt Scott, a New Jersey native, became the first patient to undergo a hand transplant at Jewish Hospital in 1999. Scott lost his dominant left hand on December 23, 1985 in a blast from an M80 firecracker. He has remarkable function in his transplanted hand, which he uses for everyday living activities. He is the director of the EMT and paramedic school operated by Virtua Health.

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Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare Kleinert Institute Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center University of Louisville School of Medicine