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World’s first successful hand transplant recipient to have minor surgery at Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center

For Immediate Release: 4/1/2002

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Matthew Scott, the world's first successful hand transplant recipient, will be making a stop in Louisville this week to give a lecture to University of Louisville medical students. While in town, he will undergo a minor surgical procedure for scar revision of the arm.

“The timing was perfect for Matt,” said lead hand transplant surgeon Warren C. Breidenbach, M.D., Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC. “We have been talking about doing a scar revision on Matt's arm for some time to give it a more cosmetically appealing look. Since he was asked to come to Louisville to speak to the UofL medical students, we decided to perform the minor procedure while he is here.” Dr. Breidenbach will perform the procedure on April 3 at the Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center under local anesthesia.

Scott's lecture titled, “A Recipient's View of the Risks/Benefits in a Hand Transplant,” will be at the

UofL School of Medicine Auditorium, Library Commons Building, 500 South Preston Street on Thursday, April 4, 2002 from 11 a.m. to noon. The lecture is part of the Gheens Lecture in Humanities and Medicine presented by the Department of Family and Community Medicine and sponsored by the Gheens Foundation. Details are attached.

Scott received his new left hand after a 13-hour surgical procedure performed by UofL and Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center surgeons on January 24, 1999 at Jewish Hospital. The team also performed a hand transplant on the nation's second recipient in February 2001. Together, Jewish Hospital, UofL and Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center have supported the research initiatives of this innovative experimental procedure along with other procedures to improve the quality of life for patients.

WHAT: Matthew Scott, the world's first successful hand transplant recipient will present a lecture titled: “A Recipient's View of the Risks/Benefits in a Hand Transplant”.

WHY: Scott's lecture will be present to UofL School of Medicine second year students as part of the Gheens Lecture in Humanities and Medicine. The lecture is being presented by the Department of Family and Community Medicine and sponsored by the Gheens Foundation.

WHEN: Thursday, April 4, 2002, 11 a.m. - noon

WHERE: UofL School of Medicine Auditorium (first floor),

Library Commons, Building 500, South Preston Street

MISCELLANY: Matthew Scott is the world's most successful hand transplant recipient. Scott received his new left hand after a 13-hour surgical procedure performed by UofL and Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center surgeons on January 24, 1999 at Jewish Hospital. Together, Jewish Hospital, UofL and Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center have supported the research initiatives of this innovative experimental procedure along with other procedures to improve the quality of life for patients.

The lecture is being presented by the UofL Department of Family and Community Medicine

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