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Uploaded on Dec 18, 2008
Dr. Siemionow discusses this case to members of the media assembled at the Cleveland Clinic.
A multi-disciplinary team of doctors and surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic recently performed the first near-total face transplant in the United States. The 22-hour procedure was the largest and most complex face transplant in the world; 80 percent of the patient's face was transplanted. The female patient had suffered severe facial trauma. The transplant team led by Maria Siemionow, MD, PhD, Director of Plastic Surgery Research and Head of Microsurgery Training.