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'Behind the Blue': Transforming Lives Through Transplants With Surgeon Meera Gupta

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 20, 2021) — The UK HealthCare Transplant Center has a history of success and second chances. Since 1964 when they performed the first kidney transplant in Kentucky, the Transplant Center has emerged as one of the top hospitals in the country for a variety of organ transplants.

The center also has a number of locations across the Commonwealth where patients can undergo screening, have their pre- and post-transplant follow-up appointments, and meet regularly with their providers while still staying close to home.

Meera Gupta, M.D., is a transplant surgeon and clinician-scientist at the UK HealthCare Transplant Center. On this episode of "Behind the Blue," Gupta talks about her time at the center, the benefit for patients and their families to have these surgeries done right here in Kentucky, the milestones and future outlook for the center, and more.

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