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UK Transplant Center Sets New State Record for Total Transplants in 2017

Since 1964, the UK Transplant Center has hit significant milestones, including 2017's record-breaking number of transplants.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 8, 2018) ­–  The University of Kentucky Transplant Center performed 208 total transplants in 2017, setting a new record for most transplants performed by any Kentucky medical center in a single year.

In total, UK HealthCare transplant teams performed 101 kidney transplants (including three kidney-pancreas transplants), 43 heart transplants, 41 liver transplants and 23 lung transplants. This milestone cements UK HealthCare's place in the top 25th percentile of transplant centers nationally based on volume.

In addition to a steady increase in transplant volume over the past few years, UK Transplant Center's outcome success consistently meets and exceeds national standards.

“This is an extraordinary achievement for our program,” said UK Transplant Center Director Dr. Roberto Gedaly. “It’s particularly special because of what it means for patients and families across Kentucky and the region. It’s further proof that if you need life-saving transplant care, you don’t have to travel outside of the state to find it.”

Since 1964, the UK Transplant Center has provided solid-organ transplantation services to the people of Kentucky and beyond.  The care teams at the UK Transplant Center are backed up by other experts from across UK HealthCare, including the UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute, providing advanced care for even the most complex diagnoses. UK HealthCare's comprehensive approach to transplant care involves working with patients and their families through every step of the transplant process – from initial consultation through surgery and follow-up care.

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue