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'UK at the Half': Transforming Lives Through Transplants

 Larry Dukes, a lung transplant recipient in 2020.
Larry Dukes, a lung transplant recipient in 2020.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 23, 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 several 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. In this “UK at the Half,” 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. 

"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on radio and is hosted by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button above.  

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.