Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM EDT (Montreal time) - First VCA (Upper Extremity)

TTS Education Committee Webinar - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM EDT (Montreal time)

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TTS Education Committee Webinar - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM EDT (Montreal time)

TTS Education Committee: Joint TTS-ISVCA Webinar Series on Composite Tissue
TITLE: First VCA (Upper Extremity)
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM EDT (Montreal time)

Organizer: Hatem Amer, MD
Medical Director, Essam and Dalal Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Moderator: L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS
Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery), University of Pennsylvania Medical School
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Discussant: Warren Breidenbach, MD, MSc.
San Antonio, TX, USA

Discussant: Jean-Michel Dubernard, MD
Emeritus Professor, University of Lyon,
Consultant, Department of Urology and Transplantation Surgery
E. Herriot Hospital
Lyon, France


This webinar will provide Participants with firsthand insight from the pioneers of the field on how the first-hand transplants came to be and their vision for the future.

The speakers will critique the reasoning for attempting UE transplants, enumerate the steps taken prior to the first clinical cases and describe how the original teams were assembled.

Warren C. Breidenbach's Biography:

Warren C. Breidenbach III originally from California is a hand surgeon most well known for having performed the first long-term successful hand transplant surgery in the world at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. The surgery was performed by Breidenbach and hand surgeon, Tsu-Min Tsai, both of Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, leading a team of surgeons to attach a donor left hand to replace New Jersey native Matthew Scott's left hand. The Louisville hand surgery team went on to perform additional hand transplants between 1999 and 2011, when Breidenbach relocated to the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona to start a Composite Tissue Allotransplantation center at the university's medical center.

Jean-Michel Dubernard's Biography:

Dr. Jean-Michel Dubernard originally is from Lyon. He is an Emeritus professor at the University of Lyon and is currently a consultant in the department of Urology and Transplantation Surgery at E. Herriot Hospital since 2007. Dr. Dubernard is known for performing the first successful hand transplant on 23 September 1998, the first successful double hand transplant shortly thereafter and cooperating with Prof. Bernard Devauchelle in performing the first face transplant on 27 November 2005.

Dr. Dubernard was the President of the International Hand and Composite Tissue Allografts Society from 2008-2009, He was the Founder and President of the European College of Transplantation Hesperis course from 1989-2009. He was a member of the ESOT founding council in 1981 and he is now part of ESOT educational Program. Additionally, he is a Past-president of the International Microsurgical Society (1984-1986), Past-president of the Société Francaise de Transplantation (1991-1994), and Past-president of the International Pancreatic and Islet Transplant Association (1996-1997). Dr. Dubernard was awarded the TTS MEDAWAR Prize in 2008. He is a Full member of the French Academy of Surgery and Member of the American Philosophical Society since 2008.

L. Scott Levin's Biography:

L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, is the Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery (with tenure), Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery). He is also the Medical Director of the Penn Musculoskeletal and Rheumatology Service Line. Dr. Levin is Board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and has a Certificate of added Qualification in hand surgery. In addition, he is Board-certified in Plastic Surgery.

As an accomplished clinician, his expertise focuses on surgery of the hand and upper extremity, reconstructive microsurgical techniques for extremity reconstruction and limb salvage. His research interests focus predominantly on extremity soft tissue reconstruction and vascularized composite allotransplantation.

Working collaboratively with colleagues across medical disciplines, Dr. Levin established and was the Director of Duke’s Human Tissue Laboratory and also directed the Anatomic Gifts Program. He also established a Human Tissue Laboratory at Penn which opened in May 2011. The Human Tissue Laboratory acts as a teaching tool and a research facility benefiting students, residents and CME participants. Dr. Levin heads the Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) Program at Penn and directed the teams that performed bilateral hand and arm transplants, one in September 2011 and two international patients, one in August 2016 and then February 2019. In 2015, as Director of the Pediatric Hand Transplantation Program of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, he led the team that performed the world’s first bilateral hand transplant in a child.

As a committed educator, Dr. Levin has been recognized for his commitment to teaching with the 2007 Master Clinician/Teacher Award for his accomplishments in both clinical care and education at Duke and in 2014 was awarded the I.S. Ravdin Master Clinician Award, a Penn Medicine Award of Excellence at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2015, he was named Individual Innovator of the Year at the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Innovator Awards.

Widely published with more than 368 peer-reviewed journal articles, 85 book chapters and 11 books, Dr. Levin also actively participates in senior leadership activities of many international and national professional societies and associations including serving as Orthopaedic Regent of the American College of Surgeons, President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Past Chair of the VCA Transplantation Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing, President of the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (2013-2015), President of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (2006-2007), member-at-large of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, President of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation (2010-2012) and member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (2006-2012). In addition, Dr. Levin has been honored as a North American Traveling Fellow, the American British Canadian Traveling Fellow by the American Orthopaedic Association and the Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellow by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. In 2015, he was awarded the Andrew J. Weiland Medal by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has served as the Orthopaedic Trauma Association’s Landstuhl Scholar, caring for our war-injured soldiers in Germany.

Dr. Levin is responsible for developing the field of “Orthoplastic Surgery.”

Local Times:

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM EDT (Montreal time)

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* Adjusted for Daylight Saving Time (64 places).
Wed = Wednesday, August 21, 2019 (131 places).
Thu = Thursday, August 22, 2019 (12 places).
Local time for Montréal: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 11:00:00
UTC (GMT/Zulu)-time: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 15:00:00
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