March 13, 2006

Kate Olderman
(215) 349-8369


Invitation to Cover
Penn Experts Discuss Surgical, Psychological, and Bioethical Issues in Face Transplantation

WHAT: On the heels of the world’s first partial face transplant, PENN Medicine experts present “Surgical,Psychological, and Bioethical Issues In Face Transplantation”, part of Penn’s Center for Human Appearance Clinical Conference Series
WHO: Linton Whitaker, MD
Professor of Plastic Surgery; Founder and Director of Penn’s Center for Human Appearance (moderator)

Joseph Serletti, MD
Chief of the Division of the Plastic Surgery
“Surgical considerations for face transplantation”

David Sarwer, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Surgery
“Psychological impact of face transplantation”

Paul Wolpe, PhD
Senior Fellow, Penn Center for Bioethics
“Bioethical issues surrounding face transplantation”

WHEN: Tuesday, March 14, 2006
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Flyers-76ers Surgery Theatre
One Ravdin Pavilion - main floor
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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