• October 31, 2011
  • Region's First Bilateral Hand Transplant Performed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

  • Penn Medicine Surgeons Team, with Gift of Life, Extends Frontier of Life-Enhancing Surgery

For the first time in the Delaware Valley Region, a patient has undergone a complex and intricate transplant procedure that could significantly enhance the quality-of-life for persons with multiple limb loss.

Last month, a highly-skilled, specially-trained team from the newly established Penn Hand Transplant Program at the Penn Transplant Institute performed its first bilateral hand transplant. Working closely with its partner, Gift of Life Donor Program, a team of 30 members – 12 surgeons, three anesthesiologists and 15 nurses – performed the 11-and-a-half hour double transplant procedure – a Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation – that involved experts in solid organ transplantation, orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery, reconstructive microsurgery and anesthesia. 

Details of this history-making procedure will be forthcoming a press conference to be held at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011
10 am


The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Flyers/76ers Theatre
Ravdin Building, Ground Floor
34th & Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Media should enter the Main Entrance of HUP on 34th Street

Once inside the Main Ravdin Lobby make a right
Theatre down the hall on the right


L.  Scott Levin, MD, FACS.
Director, Penn Hand Transplant Program
Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery
Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery

Benjamin Chang, MD
Co-director, Penn Hand Transplant
Program Director and Associate Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery

Richard D. Hasz
Vice President, Clinical Services
Gift of Life Donor Program

Abraham Shaked, MD, PhD
Director, Penn Transplant Institute
Vice Chair, department of Surgery
Eldridge L. Eliason Professor of Surgery

Arthur L. Caplan, PhD (Via Prerecorded Interview)
Director, Center for Bioethics
Professor, Medical Ethics



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