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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.  

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.