BWH Plastic Surgery in the News

Face Transplant Patients

Recipients: Carmen Blandin Tartleton, Charla Nash, Mitch Hunter, Dallas Wiens, James Maki
Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a world leader in promoting and performing face transplant surgery. Learn about the face transplant surgery program at BWH and recent transplant patients.

Brigham And Women's Hospital Completes Three Full Face Transplants
In March 2011, a surgical team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital performed the first full face transplantation (FFT) in the United States and went on to complete a total of three FFTs this year.

First Partial Face Transplant - James Maki

Father’s Life Changing Experience Shapes Daughter’s Career
Jessica Maki was a senior at Northeastern University when she received news that would change her life. A donor had been identified for her father, Jim Maki, for a partial face transplant—the first surgery of its kind at the Brigham.

Boston MED Culminates with Brigham and Women’s Hospital Face Transplant Story
By chance, ABC cameras were following both Helfgot and Jim Maki, who would ultimately receive part of Helfgot’s face in the nation’s second face transplant April 9, 2009. The nation tuned in to the finale of “Boston Med” and saw the rarely told personal story of both recipient and donor.

Hopeful Future for Face Transplant Recipient
Jim Maki looks forward to walking down the street without fear of the harsh reactions he received after the accident that disfigured his face several years ago.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Completes New England’s First Partial Face Transplant
A multidisciplinary team of more than 35 completed this historic 17-hour transplant procedure—the first partial face transplant in New England and only the second in the country and seventh in the world.

Years of Research Lead to Face Transplant Breakthrough
How do you perform a surgery that no one has ever done before? That was the question Bohdan Pomahac, MD, asked in 2004 when he began researching face transplantation.

Nurses Integral to Face Transplant Procedure
Caring for the hospital’s first face transplant patient was a learning experience for everyone involved—but especially for Tami R. Robitsek, ANP, APRN-BC.

Bohdan Pomahac, MD, Performs Partial Face Transplant
A Brigham and Women's Hospital plastic surgery team, led by Bohdan Pomahac, MD, performed a partial face transplant April 9, 2009, the second such procedure to be performed in the U.S..

Surgical Team Works for 17 Hours Replacing Patient’s Mid-Face
A surgical team worked for 17 hours replacing the mid-face area including the nasal structure, the nose, hard palette, upper lip, facial skin, muscles of facial animation and the nerves that power them and provide sensation.

First Full Face Transplant - Dallas Wiens

In Their Words: A Life-Changing Experience for Transplant Medical Team
It took a team of more than 30 to complete the nation's first full facial transplant. BWH Bulletin caught up with just a few of the team members to find out what they had to say about being part of this milestone.

Full Face Transplant a Medical Milestone at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Life changed for Dallas Wiens in 2008, when a cherry-picker he was working in maneuvered into a high voltage wire. Wiens, who is now 25 years old, lost all of his facial features.

Face Transplant Recipients Share Messages of Gratitude
Dallas Wiens remembers in explicit detail how it felt to wake up from surgery in March and touch his own face. “Not only did I have skin, but I also felt eyelids, a nose, lips, hair and eyebrows,” said the 26-year-old.

Face Transplant Wiens Addresses the Media
On April 2, Dallas Wiens, the nation’s first full face transplant recipient, addressed the media at a press conference.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital President Recognizes Pioneering Achievement
"Today's pioneering achievement accomplished by the entire transplant team is a gift made possible by the most selfless act one human being can do for another, organ donation," said Betsy Nabel, MD, president of Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Second Full Face Transplant - Mitch Hunter

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Performs Second Full Face Transplant
For 10 years, people stared when Mitch Hunter went out in public. The 30-year-old Indiana resident had sustained extensive injuries to his face after suffering a severe shock from a high voltage electrical wire following a car accident.

View Images, Video and Animation of Hunter Full Face Transplant
In April 2011, less than one month after the hospital performed the first full face transplant in the country, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital face transplant team, led by Bohdan Pomahac, MD, performed the nation’s second full face transplant on patient Mitch Hunter.

Bohdan Pomahac, MD, Performs Second Full Face Transplant
A Brigham and Women’s Hospital plastic surgery team, led by Bohdan Pomahac, MD performed the hospital’s second full face transplant last week, less than a month after the hospital performed the first full face transplant in the country.

30 Physicians, Nurses, Anesthesiologists and Residents Worked for 14 Hours
The team of more than 30 physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and residents worked for more than 14 hours to replace the full facial area of patient Mitch Hunter, 30, of Indiana, including the nose, eyelids, lips, muscles of facial animation and the nerves that power them and provide sensation.

Third Full Face Transplant - Charla Nash

Fact Sheet Details Third Full Face Transplant Patient Charla Nash
In May 2011, a team led by Bohdan Pomahac, MD, performed the hospital’s third full face transplant on patient Charla Nash, the fourth face transplant procedure done at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Bohdan Pomahac, MD Performs Full Face Transplant on Charla Nash
A Brigham and Women’s Hospital plastic and orthopedic surgery team, led by Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, performed a full face transplant on Charla Nash, the Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009.

Nash Face and Hands Transplant Progresses
“It’s wonderful to see how Charla’s recovery has progressed as she continues taking steps toward her new life,” said Bohdan Pomahac, MD, director of the BWH Plastic Surgery Transplantation Program.

View Images, Video and Animation of Nash Full Face Transplant
Face Transplant fact sheet with link to photos, animation, and video.

Fourth Full Face Transplant - Carmen Blandin Tarleton

Fact Sheet Details Fourth Full Face Transplant Patient Carmen Blandin Tarleton
In February 2013, a team led by Bohdan Pomahac, MD, performed the hospital’s fourth full face transplant on patient Carmen Blandin Tarleton, the fifth face transplant procedure done at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Tarleton Face Transplant Progresses
Read statements from the February and May press conferences from both Carmen Blandin Tarleton and Dr. Bohdan Pomahac.

View Images, Video and Animation of Tarleton Full Face Transplant
Face Transplant news site with links to photos, animation, and video.

Hand Transplant - Richard Mangino

Richard Mangino Receives Hand Transplant
40 surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, residents, radiologists and physician assistants worked for 12 hours to perform a bilateral hand transplant for Richard Mangino, 65. View photos, video and webcast.

Hand Transplant Recipient Expresses Joy, Gratitude
"It’s just like you can fly – it’s like having wings.” That’s how 65-year-old Richard Mangino described his bilateral hand transplant during a press conference.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital to Begin Hand Transplant Program
"A hand is more than something you grab a cup with," said Bohdan Pomahac, MD, director of the BWH Burn Center and principal investigator of both the hand and face and transplantation programs.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Announces Hand Transplant Program
In August 2010, Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced the development of a hand transplant program. BWH performed its first bilateral hand transplant May 2011, and its second October 2011.

Wound Care Center

Wound Care Center Welcomes its First Patients
Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Wound Care Center offers patients a centralized location for wound care from a multidisciplinary team of doctors, physician assistants, nurses and specialists.

Pietramaggiori Provides Wound Relief to Pakistan
Giorgio Pietramaggiori held wound care workshops and treated earthquake survivors in Pakistan.

Burn Care Center

Burn Center Receives Re-Verification
The American Burn Association re-verified the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Burn Center, distinguishing BWH as a facility prepared to care for some of the sickest patient populations.

Bohdan Pomahac, MD, Named Medical Director of Burn Center
Plastic surgeon Bohdan Pomahac, MD, was named medical director for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Burn Center.

Burn Team Set to Walk for Survivors
Bohdan Pomahac, MD, walks with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital team for the third year in a row.

A Day in Firefighters’ Boots
11 members of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Burn Center found themselves outfitted in full firefighter gear with air masks and oxygen tanks, making their way toward a fire.

Nursing Staff Keep up with Latest in Burn Care
Nursing staff and other local emergency responders stay up-to-date on the latest advances in burn care through an in-house training program.

Burn Team Responds to Tragedy
Victims of the tragic fire at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island are transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital Burn Center.

Peer Support Helps Burn Survivors SOAR
SOAR is a hospital-based program designed by the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors to match burn patients with someone who has gone through a similar experience.

Awards and Honors

Brigham And Women's Hospital Awarded Department of Defense Contract
Brigham and Women’s Hospital was awarded a $3.4 million contract by the US Department of Defense to fund face transplants for US military veterans with severe facial deformities from war injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Elof Eriksson, MD, PhD Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Elof Eriksson, MD, PhD, chief of Plastic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, received the John Boswick Memorial Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Wound Healing.

Julian Pribaz, MD Chosen as Harry J. Buncke Lecturer
Julian Pribaz, MD, was chosen as the 2011 American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) Harry J. Buncke Lecturer, the “Nobel Prize” equivalent in Reconstructive Microsurgery.

Lifei Guo, MD, PhD Receives Academic Scholar Award
Lifei Guo, MD, PhD, received a prestigious award for young academic plastic surgeons.

Emerging Clinical Leader Julian Pribaz, MD
Julian Pribaz, MD oversees the largest plastic surgery residency program in the Country.

Elof Eriksson, MD Named One of America’s Top Doctors
Elof Eriksson, MD, PhD in America’s Top Doctors (2nd edition).

Dennis Orgill, MD, PhD Receives James Winshall Leadership Award
Dennis P. Orgill, MD, PhD, associate chief in Plastic Surgery, accepted the James S. Winshall Leadership Award.

Bohdan Pomahac, MD Honored for Research
Bohdan Pomahac, MD, was honored for his research: Novel Approach to Attenuation of Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in Limb Allografts.

Bohdan Pomahac, MD Named Health Care Champion
Bohdan Pomahac, MD was named a 2009 Health Care Champion by the Boston Business Journal.

Community

Kids Get Hands-On Hospital Experience
During Take Our Children to Work Day, children who visited Plastic Surgery suited up in scrubs and masks and removed stitches from chicken wings, among other activities.

Wounded Warriors Exhibit Honors Soldiers’ Sacrifices
“In Plastic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s, we are honored to treat war-injured soldiers with the quality care, expertise and deep compassion that they deserve,” said E.J. Caterson, MD, PhD.

Young Veteran Finds Home at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Mannion-Brodeur became the first New England soldier to win approval for private hospital care.