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The New Frontier of Facial Transplants

Posted Friday, June 12, 2009

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The New Frontier of Facial Transplants Twenty-first century advances have left many exploring the moral, cultural, and emotional boundaries of the medical field. Dr. Maria Siemionow, director of plastic surgery research at the Cleveland Clinic, is on the cusp that with her team's groundbreaking work in facial transplants. In her book, Face to Face: My Quest to Perform the First Full Face Transplant, Dr. Siemionow discusses how the surgery was accomplished and the many challenges of this radical procedure. We'll talk with Dr. Siemionow about that as well as the psychological and social affects of severe disfigurement. Join us Friday for SOI at 9 on 90.3.

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46-year-old Connie Culp after her face transplant surgery. Connie Culp before her husband shot her in the face, then turned the gun on himself. Before her face transplant Culp had multiple reconstructive surgeries with a poor outcome. Facial Transplant Team Dr. Maria Siemionow


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Dr. Maria Siemionow, Director of Plastic Surgery Research, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Additional Information

A New Face: A Bold Surgeon, an Untried Surgery, The New York Times
First U.S. Face Transplant Described, The New York Times
Cleveland Clinic face transplant patient Connie Culp hopes her story teaches people not to judge, The Plain Dealer
Cleveland Clinic's Face Transplant Facts

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Vivi 9:54 AM 6/12/09

Conny!  You look beautiful! :o) And you do look like your old self in my opinion.  You have great courage ... congratulations!


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