Department of Surgery Grand Rounds Presentation

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 8:00am to 9:00am

Composite Tissue Transplantation in Louisville: State of the Art
Warren C. Breidenbach, MD, associate clinical professor of surgery – plastic & reconstructive, University of Louisville, Kentucky; Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC
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Challenges to the Induction of Donor-Specific Tolerance in the Clinic
Christina L. Kaufman, PhD, executive director, Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery

Renowned plastic surgeon Warren C. Breidenbach, MD, and immunologist Christina L. Kaufman, PhD, will present their work on hand transplantation at The University of Arizona College of Medicine on Wednesday, July 30, 8-9 a.m., Room 5403.

Dr. Breidenbach led a team of surgeons to perform the first hand transplant in the United States in January 1999. Since then, Dr. Breidenbach and his team have gone on to perform successfully three more hand transplants. To date, 31 patients have received hand transplants worldwide. The pioneering procedure is expected to greatly impact the future of transplantation and reconstructive surgery.

The UA Department of Surgery is hosting Dr. Breidenbach as a potential faculty member for the position of chief of the Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, said Rainer Gruessner, MD, professor and surgery chairman. “The vision of the Department of Surgery is to bring to The University of Arizona an Institute for Composite Tissue Transplantation,” he said. “This institute, along with our goal of developing a Cellular Transplantation Institute, would establish the UA College of Medicine as one of the top programs in the country for transplantation surgery.”