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Doctors to Speak Regarding State’s First Double Hand Transplant at Jewish Hospital

For Immediate Release: 8/25/2010

What:  Press briefing from physicians to update the patient’s status following Kentucky’s first double  hand transplant that began yesterday and completed today at Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center by Kleinert Kutz and University of Louisville physicians.

Who:   Warren C. Breidenbach, M.D. , Kleinert Kutz & Associates hand surgeon and Assistant Clinical  Professor of Surgery at the University of Louisville; Lead Hand Surgeon

            Joseph E. Kutz, M.D., Kleinert Kutz & Associates Hand Surgeon

           Jenny Jones, Director of Education, Kentucky Organ Donor Affilitates

When:  Today, August 25, 2010, 3:00 p.m.

Where:  Jewish Hospital Heart & Lung Conference Center Living Room

Background:  Kentucky’s first double hand transplant, and the nation’s third, has taken place over the last two days, August 24 – 25, 2010 at Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center. The double hand transplant, the nation’s third, is the 6th and 7th conducted by the team of Kleinert Kutz & Associates and University of Louisville hand surgeons. 

The procedure, which began at 7:00 p.m. yesterday, was documented live on the website Twitter ( 

A partnership of physicians and researchers at Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center, Kleinert Kutz and the University of Louisville developed the pioneering procedure.  The first was performed on Matt Scott in January 1999, over 11 years ago. To date, there have been a total of 63 hands transplanted on 46 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.

Kentuckiana Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) coordinated the hand donation with the family and hospital.  Without the help of KODA and the family, this procedure could not have taken place.

The hand transplant is sponsored by the Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research and Office of Army Research to further research in the composite tissue allotransplantation program.

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