About Our Restorative Surgery Team

It takes a significant amount of expertise and teamwork to perform restorative surgery successfully. All told, our reconstructive transplantation team is made up of more than three dozen clinicians, including: plastic surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and residents who will work together to perform the surgery, and a wide range of specialists in surgery, transplantation, psychiatry, infectious diseases, cardiology, gastroenterology, occupational therapy, bioethics, and other disciplines who are involved in developing the protocols for the procedures and providing follow-up care.

Principal Investigator and Surgical Leaders

Bohdan Pomahac, MD

Bohdan Pomahac, MD,

Principal Investigator and Surgical Leader

Bohdan Pomahac, MD, is the Principal Investigator for this program. In addition to being Director of the Plastic Surgery Transplantation Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Dr. Pomahac is also Director of the BWH Burn Center and a specialist in a wide variety of facial plastic surgery procedures.

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Simon G. Talbot, MDAlt Text

Simon G. Talbot, MD

Surgical Leader, Hand Transplantation

Simon G. Talbot, MD, specializes in general plastic surgery, hand surgery, and microsurgery. In addition, he is an attending physician in our burn unit and the surgical lead in the hand transplant program.

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Matthew J. Carty, MD

Matthew J. Carty, MD

Surgical Leader, Lower-Extremity Transplantation

Matthew J. Carty, MD, specializes in complex reconstructive surgery of the breast and hand.

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Surgeons

Philip Blazar, MD

Philip Blazar, MD

Co-Investigator from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery; Director of the Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity fellowship

His clinical and research interests include hand and wrist arthritis, fractures of the distal radius and their complications, Dupuytren's disease and tendon and nerve surgery.

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Eric M. Bluman, MD, PhD

Eric M. Bluman, MD, PhD

Co-Investigator, Orthopedic Surgery

Eric M. Bluman, MD, PhD, specializes in complex reconstructive surgery of the lower extremity. He is the Medical Director of the Brigham Foot and Ankle Center and is fellowship trained in orthopedic traumatology and orthopedic foot and ankle surgery.

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Edward J. Caterson, MD, PhD

Edward J. Caterson, MD, PhD

Co-Investigator, Plastic Surgery

Edward J. Caterson, MD, PhD, clinical interests are craniofacial surgery, craniofacial trauma, advanced cutaneous malignancy, and complementing the BWH composite tissue transplantation research efforts with tissue engineering and regenerative medicine initiatives.

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Stephanie A. Caterson, MD

Stephanie A. Caterson, MD

Co-Investigator, Plastic Surgery

Stephanie A. Caterson, MD,  completed her Harvard fellowship in Breast Reconstruction and Microsurgery. Dr. Caterson specializes in breast reconstruction, including DIEP, SIEA, and SGAP flaps, and is the Director of the Microsurgical Breast Program.

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Yoon Sun Chun, MD

Yoon Sun Chun, MD

Co-Investigator, Plastic Surgery

Yoon Sun Chun, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in reconstructive surgery. As the Director of Reconstructive and Aesthetic Breast Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, her specific areas of expertise include oncologic reconstruction, reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery, and clinical outcomes research.

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George Dyer, MD

George Dyer, MD

Co-Investigator, Orthopedic Surgery

George Dyer, MD, specializes in upper-extremity trauma surgery, as well as complex post-traumatic reconstruction. He is also Chief of Upper Extremity Surgery at the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital.

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Brandon Earp, MD

Brandon Earp, MD

Co-investigator, Orthopedic Surgery

Brandon Earp, MD, specializes in hand surgery. Dr. Earp is an instructor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and an attending orthopedic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as active staff at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston and VA Medical Center Boston.

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Marco L. Ferrone, MD

Marco L. Ferrone, MD

Co-Investigator, Orthopedic Surgery

Marco L. Ferrone, MD, is an instructor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School and an attending orthopedic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Ferrone is fellowship trained in musculoskeletal oncology and spine surgery.

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Dennis Paul Orgill, MD, PhD

Dennis Paul Orgill, MD, PhD

Associate Chief of Surgery; Assistant Program Director of the Combined Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Program

Dennis Paul Orgill, MD, PhD, is widely recognized for his abilities as a reconstructive plastic surgeon specializing in complex reconstructive procedures for cancer, trauma, and burn patients. Dr. Orgill helped develop artificial skin for burn victims and has an active laboratory that studies and develops improved technologies in wound healing and tissue engineering.

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Christian Edward Sampson, MD

Christian Edward Sampson, MD

Co-Investigator, Plastic Surgery

Christian Edward Sampson, MD, specializes in complex hand and microsurgery, including tendon transfers, nerve repairs, and vascular conditions. His research interests include Botulinum A Toxin as a means of therapeutic management of digital ischemia and Raynaud’s Disease.

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Michael J. Weaver, MD

Michael J. Weaver, MD

Co-Investigator, Orthopedic Surgery

Michael J. Weaver, MD is a clinical instructor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School and is an attending orthopedic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He completed his Orthopedic Residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Program. Dr. Weaver specializes in musculoskeletal trauma surgery.

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Transplant Surgeons

Anil K. Chandraker, MB, CHB

Anil K. Chandraker, MB, CHB

Co-Investigator, Transplant Nephrology

Anil K. Chandraker, MB, CHB, is the Director of Renal Transplant Medicine for Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The major focus of his laboratory research is on the role of the T-cell in chronic allograft rejection. His clinical research focuses on clinical problems that affect transplant patients.

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Sayeed Khan Malek, MD

Sayeed Khan Malek, MD

Co-Investigator, Transplant Surgery

Sayeed Khan Malek, MD, is the Clinical Director of Transplant Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has done extensive research in renal transplant, with a focus on the immune response in transplant patients.

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Stefan G. Tullius, MD,PhD

Stefan G. Tullius, MD,PhD

Chief of Transplant Surgery

Stefan G. Tullius, MD, PhD work on chronic graft rejection has contributed greatly to an improved understanding of the pathophysiology of long-term graft failure. His more recent research interests include individualized immunosuppression and the investigation of basic mechanisms of clinically relevant aspects in organ transplantation, focusing on novel routes for the improvement of organ quality.

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Other Medical Specialists

Marie José Benjamin, MS, OTRL/CHT

Marie José Benjamin, MS, OTRL/CHT

Senior Occupational Therapist

Marie José Benjamin, MS, OTRL/CHT is a Senior Occupational Therapist in the Department of Rehabilitation Services. She has extensive experience as a Certified Hand Therapist and is responsible for the rehabilitation program for hand transplant patients.

Bridget Bowler, MS, CCC-SLP,

Bridget Bowler, MS, CCC-SLP,

Speech Language Pathologist

Bridget Bowler, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Speech Language Pathologist in the Department of Rehabilitation Services. She joined the staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2009, where she helps to manage speech and swallowing therapy for the face transplant patients

Thomas Edrich, MD

Thomas Edrich, MD

Co-Investigator, Anesthesia

Thomas Edrich, MD, is an anesthesiologist and intensive care physician who attends in the surgical, thoracic, and cardiac intensive care units. In the operating room, he serves as an anesthesia liaison to the Division of Transplant Surgery. He coordinates the perioperative (before, during, and after surgery) anesthesia management for the team performing hand transplantation.

Laura Garren, OTR/L

Laura Garren, OTR/L

Senior Occupational Therapist

Laura Garren, OTR/L, works as a Senior Occupational Therapist in the Department of Rehabilitation Services. She joined the staff at BWH Rehabilitation Services in 2005. Laura is the primary occupational therapist for the Burn Service and Transplant Team.

Alexandra Golby, MD

Alexandra Golby, MD

Co-Investigator, Neurosurgery

Alexandra Golby, MD, Co-Investigator, Neurosurgery, is an Associate Surgeon in the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of Image-Guided Neurosurgery. Her research involves the application of brain-mapping techniques to neurosurgical patients, as well as neuroscientific investigations into the brain basis of cognition.

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Lisa Lehmann, MD, PhD, MSc

Lisa Lehmann, MD, PhD, MSc

Director of the Center for Bioethics

Lisa Lehmann, MD, PhD, MSc, is Director of the Center for Bioethics. Her research is focused on empirical and philosophical analysis of contemporary ethical issues in medicine. She is interested in the moral determinants of medical decision-making and has focused on ethical issues in transplantation, genetics, and research ethics.

Francisco Marty, MD

Francisco Marty, MD

Co-Investigator, Infectious Disease

Francisco Marty, MD, Co-Investigator, Infectious Disease, is a collaborator on this program. His area of expertise is the study of infections in transplant patients

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Edgar Louis Milford, MD

Edgar Louis Milford, MD

Co-Investigator, Transplant Nephrology

Edgar Louis Milford, MD, Co-Investigator, Transplant Nephrology, is the Director of the Tissue Typing Laboratory. He has significant expertise with tissue typing in transplant patients.

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Srinivasan Mukundan, Jr., MD, PhD

Srinivasan Mukundan, Jr., MD, PhD

Co-Investigator, Radiology

Srinivasan Mukundan, Jr., MD, PhD, Co-Investigator, Radiology, is the Section Head of Neuroradiology. He is also Co-Director of Clinical Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).

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Megan Oser, PhD

Megan Oser, PhD

Co-investigator, Department of Psychiatry

Megan Oser, PhD, Co-investigator, Department of Psychiatry, serves as the research psychologist providing quality of life assessments to transplant patients and managing data collection and analysis for these self-report survey measures.

Frank John Rybicki, MD, PhD

Frank John Rybicki, MD, PhD

Co-Investigator, Radiology

Frank John Rybicki, MD, PhD, Co-Investigator, Radiology, is the Director of the Applied Imaging Science Laboratory, Cardiac CT and Vascular CT/MRI. The mission of his research is to develop and test the next generation of magnetic resonance and computed tomography methods.

Charles Surber, MD

Charles Surber, MD

Co-Investigator, Psychiatry

Charles Surber, MD, Co-Investigator, Psychiatry, is a Staff Medical Psychiatrist who specializes in quality-of-life research and health services research.

Program Management

Ericka Bueno, PhD

Ericka Bueno, PhD

Co-investigator, Plastic Surgery Transplantation

Ericka Bueno, PhD, Co-investigator, Plastic Surgery Transplantation, acts as Scientific Director of the face, hand, and leg transplantation programs, providing liaison between all co-investigators and managing all aspects of the scientific portions of these studies. Dr. Bueno received her doctorate degree in Chemical Engineering, with a thesis in orthopaedic tissue engineering. 

Lisa Quinn

Lisa Quinn

Patient Coordinator

Lisa Quinn serves as Patient Coordinator for the face and extremity transplant programs. She works closely with patients to coordinate all aspects of their clinical and research care, both before and after transplantation. She also functions as the primary liaison between patients and the large multidisciplinary transplant teams.

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