Face Transplant:
Rebuilding Lives

May 2017. Cleveland Clinic performs its third face transplant – and its first total face transplant –on a 21-year-old female patient, who suffered severe facial trauma and other complications from a gunshot wound as a teenager. The 31 hour surgery included transplantation of the scalp, the forehead, upper and lower eyelids, eye sockets, nose, upper cheeks, upper jaw and half of lower jaw, upper teeth, lower teeth, partial facial nerves, facial muscles, and skin, effectively replacing 100 percent of the patient’s facial tissue. The result: a face restored. A life transformed.

Meet the surgical team

They've spent a lifetime preparing for moments like this: brilliant surgeons and doctors at the top of their game. Co-directed by Frank Papay, M.D., chairman of the Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute, and Maria Siemionow, M.D., Ph.D., the surgical team included:

Francis Papay, MD

Plastic Surgeon

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Steven Bernard, MD

Plastic Surgeon

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Risal Djohan, MD

Plastic Surgeon

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Brian Gastman, MD

Plastic Surgeon and ENT Surgeon

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Bahar Bassiri Gharb, M.D., Ph.D.

Plastic Surgeon and ENT Surgeon

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Raffi Gurunluoglu, MD

Plastic Surgeon

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Mark Hendrickson, MD

Plastic Surgeon

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Antonio Rampazzo, MD, PhD

Plastic Surgeon

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Graham Schwarz, MD

Plastic Surgeon

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Maria Siemionow, MD, PhD

Plastic Surgeon

Consultant and Advisor

James E. Zins, MD

Plastic Surgeon

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Other transplant team members

Jessica Bollinger

Pharmacy

Sherif Mossad, MD

Transplant Infectious Disease

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Jacek Cywinski, MD

Anesthesiology

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John Doyle, MD, PhD

Anesthesiology

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Bijan Eghtesad, MD

Immunology

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Aiwen Zhang, PHD

Immunology

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Kathy Coffman, MD

Psychiatry

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Eric Kodish, MD

Bioethics

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Susannah Rose, PhD

Bioethics

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Kareem Abu-Elmagd, MD, PhD

Immunology

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Help to save or rebuild lives

  1. Become an organ donor — check off the box on your driver's license or visit donatelife.net.
  2. Tell your spouse or family you're willing to donate organs, including for face transplant. Remember: your family and loved ones must know your wishes.

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