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Louisville Hand Transplant Program Continues to Celebrate its Success

For Immediate Release: 4/14/2016

MEDIA ADVISORY
For More Information:
Barbara Mackovic, Senior Manager
502.587.4230 or 502.641.5461                                                                                 
barbaramackovic@kentuckyonehealth.org 

Left to right: Donnie Rickelman, seventh hand transplant recipient; Matthew Scott, first hand transplant recipient; Jerry Fisher; Christina Kaufman, PhD, executive director, Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand & Microsurgery; and Tuna Ozyurekoglu, MD, hand surgeon, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center.Louisville Hand Transplant Program Continues to Celebrate its Success
Second patient Reaches 15- Year Milestone – Other Patients Join in the Celebration

WHAT:    Jerry Fisher, second hand transplant recipient reaches 15-year anniversary; Fisher will be joined by physicians and other hand transplant recipients at a reception. The Louisville Vascularized Composite Allograft (VCA) program is the oldest hand transplant program in the United States.

WHEN:     Thursday, April 14, 2016
                  2:15 p.m.

WHERE:    Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center
                   Hank Wagner Conference Center (CC)
                   201 Abraham Flexner Way, Louisville, KY

WHO:     Jerry Fisher, second hand transplant recipient;
Matthew Scott, first hand transplant recipient;
Donnie Rickelman, seventh hand transplant recipient;
Tuna Ozyurekoglu, MD, hand surgeon, Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center
Christopher Jones, MD, transplant surgeon, Jewish Hospital/University of Louisville
Christina Kaufman, PhD, executive director, Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand & Microsurgery
         
MORE:     The Louisville Vascularized Composite Allograft (VCA) program, a partnership of physicians, researchers and healthcare providers from Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health; the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery (CMKI); the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center; and the University of Louisville, will mark the 15th anniversary of yet another hand transplant recipient. This is another major milestone for the program in Louisville and other centers across the United States.

Jerry Fisher became the second patient in the United States to undergo a hand transplant at Jewish Hospital in 2001. The success of his transplant has impacted the future of both transplantation and reconstructive surgery around the world. Matthew Scott (first hand transplant recipient) and Donnie Rickelman (seventh hand transplant recipient) from the Louisville program will also be present for the celebration.

EDITOR’S NOTE:
Media opportunities include b-roll of Jerry Fisher, Matt Scott, Donnie Rickelman and
    physicians, along with guests at a reception.

Photos and b-roll of all nine hand transplant recipients can be found at
     www.handtransplant.com.

 


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Barbara Mackovic
Senior Manager
502-587-4230
 

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