In January 1999, surgeons in Louisville performed the first hand transplant in the United States. At Jewish Hospital, a team headed by Dr. Warren C. Breidenbach reattached a patient’s hand about two inches above the wrist.
Breidenbach is an assistant clinical professor of surgery at the University of Louisville and a hand surgeon with Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC. This team of internationally known surgeons and researchers has grown steadily for more than 40 years. Its mission is “to restore to patients the function and quality of life associated with strong, healthy hands, arms, and shoulders.”
The practice offers comprehensive medical care for the upper extremity at its locations in Louisville, Lexington, and Jeffersontown, KY and New Albany, IN. It also offers educational materials and services through the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and MicroSurgery.
Dr. Harold E. Kleinert, M.D., FACS founded the University of Louisville Hand Clinic in 1953 for the comprehensive care of hand patients. He is a clinical professor of surgery at U of L and at Indiana University-Purdue University and served as president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in 1976. He received the Scientific Achievement Award from the American Medical Association in 1980 and was appointed a National Consultant in Hand Surgery to the Surgeon General, United States Air Force in 1973. Kleinert has authored more than 200 scientific publications.
Dr. Joseph E. Kutz, M.D., FACS is also a clinical professor of surgery at U of L. A member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, he is a past president of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, past president of the Jefferson County Medical Society, and past treasurer for the International Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. Kutz has 75 publications to his credit, 15 of which have appeared in textbooks.
These physicians have a longstanding affiliation with the U of L School of Medicine and the Jewish Hospital Health Network.
- Program 113
- Renowned hand doctors Harold E. Kleinert and Joseph E. Kutz, Louisville history caught on film, museum-quality bike racks downtown, and Debbie Scoppechio of Creative Alliance. (#113)