On May 22, 2015, a team of MD Anderson plastic surgeons conducted the first-ever scalp and skull transplant simultaneously with a kidney and pancreas transplant. The transplant, conducted on 55-year-old Austin software developer and leiomyosarcoma survivor James (Jim) Boysen, was first conceptualized by Jesse Selber, M.D., associate professor in Plastic Surgery at MD Anderson.
“When I first met Jim, I made the connection between him needing a new kidney and pancreas and the ongoing anti-rejection medication to support them, and receiving a full scalp and skull transplant at the same time that would be protected by those same medications,” says Selber, who came up with the idea of conducting the scalp and skull transplant at the same time as the kidney and pancreas transplant. “This was a unique situation that created the opportunity to perform this complex transplant.”
Selber worked with four MD Anderson plastic surgeons -- Mark Clemens, M.D.; Matthew Hanasono, M.D.; Edward Chang, M.D.; and Peirong Yu, M.D. -- and the transplant and reconstructive surgery teams from Houston Methodist Hospital.
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