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Hand Transplantation Marks Historical 10-Year Milestone
Date:1/21/2009

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medical history was made 10 years ago, greatly impacting the future of transplantation and reconstructive surgery around the world when a team of surgeons performed the first hand transplant in the U.S on January 25, 1999. The procedure, also called composite tissue allotransplantation, criticized by some in the hand surgery community and lauded by others in the world of organ transplantation, has continued to lead to other innovative surgeries, such as face transplant.

A press conference will be held to mark the 10-year anniversary of hand transplantation on Monday, January 26, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. (EST) at the Jewish Hospital Heart and Lung Center, 201 Abraham Flexner Way, Louisville, Kentucky.

Segments of the press conference and b-roll will be up linked via satellite from 3:30-4 p.m. (EST). Coordinates for the link are:

Satellite: AMC 6 - TR 24

72 degrees west

Downlink frequency 4180 horizontal

Audio 6.2 6.8

A partnership of physicians and researchers at Jewish Hospital, the University of Louisville and Kleinert Kutz & Associates, who developed the hand transplant program, will be in attendance. Speakers at the press conference will include:

  • Matthew David Scott, world's first successful hand transplant recipient
  • Warren C. Breidenbach, M.D., Kleinert Kutz & Associates, lead hand transplant surgeon
  • Kadiyala Ravindra, M.D., Jewish Hospital Transplant Surgeon; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery at University of Louisville
  • Joseph Buell, M.D., Director of Jewish Hospital Transplant Program; Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery University of Lo
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