Message from the Director
By Charles Hoopes, MD, UK Transplant Center Director
The University of Kentucky has a rich tradition in the study of organ failure and has been providing solid organ transplantation services to the commonwealth and the Appalachian region since 1964.
The Center for Transplantation and Organ Failure (CTOF) specializes in the care of patients with advanced and end-stage organ disease. Currently, the program performs more than 150 procedures each year including cadaveric kidney, pediatric kidney, combined kidney-pancreas, liver, heart, pediatric lung, adult lung, combined heart-lung, and combined heart-kidney transplantation.
The CTOF living kidney donor transplant program provides an alternative to traditional cadaveric transplants for patients with end stage renal disease and the center participates in the Paired Kidney Exchange Program through UNOS. The abdominal transplant program also provides surgical expertise in complex hepato-biliary procedures in conjunction with the NCI designated Markey Cancer Center.
In collaboration with the Gill Heart Institute, the transplant center provides advanced technologies in Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) to patients with end stage heart and lung disease. The University of Kentucky is a designated Center of Excellence for extracorporeal life support (ECMO) and there is an active research program in artificial lung technologies for patients with acute and chronic respiratory failure. The university has active Total Artificial Heart and left ventricular assist (LVAD) programs for patients with advanced heart failure.