Skin, muscle, bone, joint, cartilage, nerve, tendon, and vessel grafts from a deceased donor can help restore function for patients with severe tissue or limb loss from traumatic injuries, massive burns, birth defects, or surgeries to remove tumors.
Dr. Warren C. Breidenbach became chief of the Division of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery in 2011. He was a founding member of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation and the first president of the International Society for Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation.
The UA's new Institute of Composite Tissue Allotransplantation will focus on hand, face, trachea, joints, and other composite tissue transplants , taking a leading role in clinical and basic research to advance the field. Dr. Breidenbach's long-term vision is to make our institute the world's leading center for reconstructive, plastic, and hand surgery by:
Our chief, Dr. Breidenbach, was a pioneer and remains one of the world's leading expert in this field. In the mid-1990s, turned his attention to achieving composite tissue allotransplantation. He formed a group of hand and transplant surgeons, immunologists, physical therapists, ethicists, psychologists and social workers who together charted the course of the first successful hand transplant in the world in 1999.
In the following 12 years, Dr. Breidenbach guided seven hand transplants in six patients. He and his group devised innovative immunosuppressive medications (to keep the body from rejecting the new hand) and new concepts for measuring and monitoring rejection.
For the best surgical care in Tucson, Southern Arizona or the Southwest, make an appointment by calling (520) 694-1000.
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