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Second U.S. Hand Transplant Recipient Marks 10 Year Anniversary

For Immediate Release: 2/21/2011

LOUISVILLE, KY.— Team members from Jewish Hospital, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, the Christine M. Kleinert Institute and University of Louisville will gather for a celebration event with Jerry Fisher, the nation’s second hand transplant recipient to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of his hand transplant procedure. Fisher’s hand transplant took place on February 16-17, 2001 during a 13-hour surgical procedure, which involved a 17-member hand surgical team and 5-member anesthesiology team.

WHAT:            Fisher’s 10 Year Hand Transplant Celebration Event
WHEN:           Tuesday, February 22, 2011
                        4-5:30 p.m., Brief remarks at 4:15 p.m.
                        Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart & Lung Center
                        Hank Wagner Conference Center, 16th floor, Living Room
                        201 Abraham Flexner Way

                      Jerry Fisher, nation’s second hand transplant recipient
                      Dr. Warren Breidenbach, lead hand transplant surgeon
                      Dr. Joseph Kutz, hand surgeon, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center
                      Brian Doheny, Jewish Hospital Medical Campus, chief operating officer

Special Guests:
Matt Scott, world’s most successful hand transplant recipient and nation’s first hand transplant recipient
Dr. Rich Edwards, region’s first double hand transplant recipient

The Composite Tissue Allotransplantation program is a partnership of physicians, researchers and healthcare providers at the Jewish Hospital, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, the Christine M. Kleinert Institute and the University of Louisville. The group developed the pioneering hand transplant procedure and has performed seven hand transplants on six patients since 1999.  Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates coordinated the hand donation for the team’s hand transplant procedures.

The hand transplant program 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