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Cleveland Clinic Surgeons Perform Nation's First Near-Total Face Transplant
Date:12/17/2008

ow, a highly regarded scientist, has dedicated her professional life to researching and developing the methods doctors could use to substantially help patients with severe facial disfiguration.

"As a physician, one of the most rewarding things we can do is to restore the quality of life to a patient," said Siemionow (pronounced "SEMM-ih-nof"). "Patients with facial disfigurement have very difficult challenges in society. We hope that one day we may be able to help the tens of thousands of patients who are quietly suffering."

Frank A. Papay, M.D., Chairman of the Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute, said the surgery was made possible because of the multi-disciplinary team involved. "This work started with a medical team that had an extraordinary vision for what could be possible for patients who have suffered severe trauma to their faces. Cleveland Clinic's team has worked together to take that vision and make it a reality," Papay said. "In the end, we're all here for our patients to make their lives better."

Cleveland Clinic Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute led the face transplant surgery, partnering with the Cleveland Clinic Head & Neck Institute. Staff members from psychology/psychiatry, bioethics, social work, anesthesia, transplant, nursing, infectious disease, dentistry, ophthalmology, pharmacy, environmental services and security were also significantly involved.

The team included:

  • Maria Siemionow, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Plastic Surgery Research; Head of Microsurgery Training
  • Frank A. Papay, M.D., Chairman of the Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute
  • Daniel S. Alam, M.D., Facial Plastic Surgeon
  • Risal Djohan, M.D., Plastic Surgeon
  • Steven L. Bernard, M.D., Plastic Surgeon
  • Mark Hendrickson, M.D., Head of Hand Surgery
  • Robert F
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