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UofL Health

Lung Transplant

For more than 20 years, the lung transplant program at UofL Health has given new hope to people of all ages and continues to be a leader in lung transplants.  The team performs lung transplants for the entire spectrum of respiratory diseases and has a reputation for our successes. 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. Patients dealing with the ending stage of lung disease have continually relied on the expertise of our multi-disciplinary team of transplant surgeons, pulmonologists, transplant coordinators, psychiatrists- all of which work closely with the operating room, critical care and medical-surgical units at UofL Health to provide the highest standard of patient care.

Not only does our transplant team at UofL Health perform 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.

Conditions & Treatments

A lung transplant is a life saving cure for a variety of advanced lung conditions including alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and other lung conditions, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis and lymphangioleiomyomatosis. A lung transplant can increase your quality of life.

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

If you are a physician who would like to refer a patient, complete and fax the lung transplant referral form to  502-587-4384.

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

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

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

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