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Lung Transplant

Your Trusted Partner

With over 340 lung transplants completed since 1991, our skilled doctors and surgeons are experts in lung transplant and advanced lung disease. A program of “firsts”, the first heart/lung transplant in Kentucky was performed in 1988 at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital and the first double-lung transplant was performed in 1995.

Receiving a lung transplant is a lifelong commitment that requires expert care from the start.  UofL Health – Trager Transplant Center has expert doctors, surgeons and nurse coordinators, social workers, psychiatrists, pharmacists and dietitians all working together to determine the best care plan for your condition. As your trusted partner, you can count on our entire team to guide you through any process or decision that needs to be made. That’s the Power of U.

Bill’s Story

After Bill Hisle experienced a scary, unexpected health event, he faced a lot of uncertainty regarding his health. With the help of the UofL Health – Trager Transplant Center and their team, Bill is now able to confidently live his life to the fullest.

Comprehensive Care for Advanced Lung Diseases

Lung transplant is a lifesaving cure for a variety of advanced lung conditions. The lung transplant program at UofL Health – Trager Transplant Center has given new hope to people of all ages and continues to be a leader in lung transplants.

Our team is dedicated to helping patients understand their diagnosis. We provide advanced treatment and perform lung transplants for the entire spectrum of respiratory diseases and conditions, including:

  • Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Cystic and Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • Including Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis, Smoker’s Lung and other lung conditions
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
  • Eosinophilic Granuloma
  • Pulmonary Vascular Disease
  • Collagen Vascular Disease
  • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

A lung transplant can improve your quality of life and can extend years to your life.

Not only does our transplant team at UofL Health have a reputation for excellent outcomes and successful lung transplants, we pride ourselves on the special compassion we provide to the people we serve. With respect for the dignity of the patient and the loved ones who care for and struggle alongside them, we are here to help you through every step of the process.

Patients dealing with the ending stage of lung disease have continually relied on the expertise of our multi-disciplinary team – all of which work closely with the operating room, critical care and medical-surgical units at UofL Health – Jewish Hospital to provide the highest standard of patient care.

Could you be a candidate for a lung transplant? For an appointment with a lung transplant specialist, please fill out our contact form

Are you a physician referring a patient? Complete and fax the lung transplant referral form to 502-587-4384.

Still have questions? Contact us at 502-587-4384 or fill out our contact form and we will contact you within 48 hours.

Our Locations & Doctors

Matthew Fox, M.D.
Thoracic Transplant Surgeon

Allan Ramirez, M.D.
Transplant Pulmonologist – Medical Director

Victor van Berkel, M.D., Ph.D.
Thoracic Transplant Surgeon – Surgical Director

UofL Health – Trager Transplant Center
UofL Health – Jewish Hospital
220 Abraham Flexner Way, 3rd Floor
Louisville, KY 4020

Heart/Lung Referrals: 502-587-4384

UofL Physicians – Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
UofL Health – Rudd Heart & Lung Center
201 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 1200
Louisville, KY 40202
502-588-7600

UofL Health – Transplant Pulmonology
UofL Health – Trager Transplant Center
220 Abraham Flexner Way, 3rd Floor
Louisville, KY 40202
502-587-4384

UofL Physicians – Lung Outreach Clinic
651 Centre View Boulevard, Building 19
Crestview Hills, KY 42104

UofL Health – UofL Hospital – Pulmonary Specialty Clinic
UofL Health – Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 E. Chestnut Street, Suite 480
Louisville, KY 40202
502-217-1702

UofL Physicians – Kidney & Lung Outreach Clinic
Deaconess Henderson Hospital
1305 N. Elm Street
Henderson, KY 42420

Lung: 502-587-4384

Research and Clinical Trials

Patients dealing with the ending-stage of lung disease, rely on the program’s comprehensive approach that brings together experts in pulmonary (lung) medicine and surgery, nursing, infectious disease, pharmacy, pathology and social work. The team’s focus is to provide patients personalized care and treatment options that meet their specific needs.

Physician Resources & Patient Education

Click the link below for the full manual on Lung Transplantation at UofL Health. This will go over the entire process including before, during and post-transplantation.

Download our Lung Education Booklet