• Lung transplant program

    The lung transplant program at UK Transplant Center has completed more than 400 transplants since it was founded in 1991. We offer single-lung and double-lung transplant for adults and children with a variety of life-limiting lung diseases, including cystic fibrosis with end-stage lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We also offer combined heart and lung transplants.

    Our team of cardiothoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, pharmacists and nurses works together to determine the appropriate treatment options for each patient, while social workers and support staff help our patients and their families throughout the transplant process — before, during and after surgery. In fact, we utilize ambulatory extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a technique that provides oxygen support as a bridge to transplant for patients with advanced lung disease.



  • About lung transplantation

    Lung transplantation is a type of surgery to remove a diseased lung and replace it with a healthy lung. In the majority of lung transplantation surgeries, the healthy lung comes from a deceased donor. However, in some rare cases (usually involving lung transplantations in children) two living donors provide a lobe of lung tissue to form a whole lung for the recipient. Lung transplantations can be single or double replacements. Read more about lung transplantation »

  • Nicole Tipton

    Nicole's had cystic fibrosis since she was born, but over time her lungs have scarred. Nicole's conditioned became so bad that her mom, Teresa, wasn't sure Nicole was going to make it. She says before she knew it, her little girl was in the hospital, hooked up to IVs, unsure of how her daughter's body would react to the transplant. Read more. 

  • Kevin Bauereis

    Kevin Bauereis' wife of seven years, Kara, prayed every day for a transplant for her husband. "I believed that it was going to come, but it was getting very difficult to see our future. It was really coming down to the last minute," she says. A year later, 30-years-old Kevin has a new lease on life. Read more.

  • Ernie Gillispie

    Ernie Gillispie, 68, spent 37 years working in Kentucky coal mines, and 25 years living with black lung disease. His lungs were full of coal dust, and it was, quite literally, killing him.

    “If you can’t breathe, you can’t do anything,” Gillispie said... Read more 

    Dawn Nelson

    Dawn Nelson was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus at 17 and rheumatoid arthritis at 22. Four years ago, she developed pulmonary hypertension, fatal without timely treatment. The disease destroyed her lungs, and her heart began to fail when it could no longer push blood into them.

    She received two lungs and a heart from the same donor in one procedure at UK...Read more 

    Sid Vahal

    “The breathing was getting really bad, I was running out of breath constantly,” Sid Vahal said. “I could barely get out of bed and walk around to do normal activities.” His prognosis was so poor that doctors indicated Vahal had only hours to live. Read more.