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Legendary hand surgeon, Dr. Harold E. Kleinert, dies at 91

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Harold E Kleinert, MD  (Source: kleinertkutz.com) Harold E Kleinert, MD (Source: kleinertkutz.com)
Joseph Kutz (left) and Harold E Kleinert (right)  (Source: kleinertkutz.com) Joseph Kutz (left) and Harold E Kleinert (right) (Source: kleinertkutz.com)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Dr. Harold E. Kleinert, who founded the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, died Saturday at the age of 91.

Kleinert, an internationally renowned surgeon, founded the University of Louisville Hand Clinic in 1953 for comprehensive care of hand patients. In 1960, the Christine M. Kleinert Fellowship in Hand Surgery was established for those residents desiring postgraduate training. According to his bio, over 1200 surgeons from 51 countries have now trained as Fellows in Hand Surgery.

Kleinert's research led to the nation's first hand transplant in 1999 at Jewish Hospital in Louisville and a double-hand transplant in 2010 grabbed even more attention. Some consider Louisville the "Hand Surgery Capital of the World" because of his achievements.

"Dr. Kleinert was a pioneer in his field who shared his knowledge with hundreds of surgeons and University of Louisville medical students," said Dr. James Ramsey, University of Louisville President. "His legacy lives on through their work improving the lives of others.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Funeral arrangements are pending and the family said they would provide further details on Monday.

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