(Left to Right) Evan Matros, MD, Chief Plastic Surgery Resident; Elof Eriksson, MD, PhD, Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery; Bohdan Pomahac, MD, Plastic Surgeon and Director of the Burn Center; and Julian Pribaz, MD, Plastic Surgeon, are pictured during the first partial facial transplantation in the Eastern United States.
On April 9, 2009, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) surgical team, lead by Bohdan Pomahac, MD, successfully performed the first partial face transplant in New England — only the second such procedure to be accomplished in the United States and the seventh in the world. The multidisciplinary team of more than 35 specialists, including surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and residents, worked for 17 hours to replace the entire middle region of Jim Maki's face – including the nasal structure, the nose, hard palette, upper lip, facial skin, facial animation muscles and nerves – with face tissue from a human donor. This team, representing a wide variety of medical specialties, has built upon this success to provide other patients with the significant benefits of this procedure.
- March 2011 – A BWH surgical team performed the first full face transplant in the country, replacing the nose, lips, facial skin, and facial animation muscles and nerves of patient Dallas Wiens.
- April 2011 – Less than one month after the first full face transplant in the United States was performed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the BWH face transplant team performed the nation’s second full face transplant. The team worked for more than 14 hours to replace the full facial area of patient Mitch Hunter of Indiana, including the nose, eyelids, and facial animation muscles and nerves.
- May 2011 – A team of more than 30 physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, and residents, led by Bohdan Pomahac, MD, worked for more than 20 hours to replace the full facial area of patient Charla Nash, including the nose, lips, facial skin, facial animation muscles and nerves, and upper palate, including teeth. It was the fourth face transplant procedure performed at BWH and the third full face transplant performed at BWH this year.
BWH — supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) — continues to actively seek qualified face transplant candidates.
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