By | October 12, 2020

Dr. Joseph Kutz cause of death – Dr. Joseph Kutz dead : obituary – tributes

  • Date of death: October 10, 2020
  • Age: 92-year-old
  • Cause of death: unconfirmed

How did Dr. Joseph Kutz die? – Cause of Death

Louisville hand surgeon, Dr. Joseph Kutz, known for his role in the nation’s first hand transplant in 1999, died Saturday. He was 92.

The Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, which Kutz helped found with Dr. Harold E. Kleinert more than 50 years ago, announced his death in a Sunday Facebook post, calling him a “pillar of the Louisville community” who “will be greatly missed by all who admired and loved him.”

“Larger than life in height and personality, Dr. Kutz’ workhorse ethic propelled this practice into world-renowned recognition in the pioneering treatment of flexor tendon injuries and microsurgical techniques,” the Center wrote. “He was a father, friend, beloved teacher, and surgeon and avid horseman who never missed a Derby!”

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Dr. Joseph Kutz tributes

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer mourned the city’s loss Monday, calling Kutz a “great innovator, teacher and proud Louisvillian.”

“Dr. Kutz brought great acclaim to our city,” Fischer said, “helping perform the world’s first successful hand transplant and sharing his knowledge and skill with physicians from around the globe so they could better heal their own patients.”

“In addition to his towering intellect and pioneering spirit, his warmth and concern for people was always evident,” he said. “Dr. Kutz will be greatly missed and always remembered in our city and beyond.”

Tom Miller, CEO of U of L Health, said Kutz “put our Jewish Hospital in the world record books.”

“His medical legacy lives on through his ground-breaking surgical techniques, the thousands of physicians he inspired and the countless number of patients they have collectively healed,” said Miller. “We mourn his loss, but we are proud to carry on Dr. Kutz’s mission in partnership with the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center.”

Dr. Dale Toney said the Kentucky Medical Association, of which he is president, “is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Joseph Kutz.”

“Dr. Kutz was a trailblazer and leader in medicine and inspired physicians across the state and around the world,” said Toney. “His contributions to patients and the profession are great and numerous and will live on through his legacy of care.”

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