On April 9, 2009, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) surgical team, led 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, and anesthesiologists, 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 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 and to apply the principles of restorative surgery to other parts of the body. Other team milestones include:
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