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U.S. Doctors Behind Face Transplants Give Details of Procedure
Date:12/29/2011

extremely early in our learning curve for face transplants," he said.

Another expert agreed.

"Face transplants are here to stay," said Dr. Edwin F. Williams III, a facial plastic surgeon in Albany, N.Y., and vice president of public affairs at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

However, he added, "we really need to move forward carefully and they won't be something that happen in every small town and city."

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For more information on some of the issues surrounding face transplants, visit the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery .

SOURCES: Edwin F. Williams III, M.D., facial plastic surgeon, Albany, N.Y., vice president, public affairs, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Daniel S. Alam, M.D., head, section of facial aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, Head and Neck Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio; Bohdan Pomahac, M.D., director, plastic surgery transplantation program, Brigham &Women's Hospital, Boston; Dec. 28, 2011, New England Journal of Medicine, online


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