Mayo Clinic Philanthropic Partner Support
In 2011, EDOF became a Mayo Clinic benefactor by gifiting a donation
to support reconstructive transplantation.
Transforming a life:
Mayo Clinic announces its first face transplant
Reconstructive transplantation at Mayo Clinic currently includes hand transplantation
for patients who require complex reconstruction that conventional methods cannot address. In the future, Mayo Clinic plans to expand to include face transplantation
, which will complement Mayo Clinic’s existing facial reconstructive surgery program for complex deformities of the face caused by congenital issues, trauma and illness. “Many of these patients will do very well with advanced reconstructive techniques”
, says Samir Mardini, M.D., a facial reconstructive surgeon at Mayo Clinic, “and some who might be candidates for a face transplant would be considered for this procedure in the future.”
Mayo opened the first clinical hand transplant program in the U.S., that gives patients a reconstructive transplantation surgery option without needing to enroll in experimental trials. Mayo Clinic is currently screening patients for bilateral and unilateral hand transplantation
, which includes all aspects of needed care: microsurgery, rehabilitation, rejection monitoring, social services, and psychiatric support. A physician referral is not required.
Brooks Edwards, M.D., leads the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, which houses the interdisciplinary reconstructive transplantation team led by surgical co-directors, Steven Moran, M.D., and Dr. Mardini, and medical director, Hatem Amer, M.D. The medical and surgical staff also includes Brian Carlsen, M.D., Sheila Jowsey, M.D., Keith Bengtson, M.D., Mary Jurisson, M.D., and Thomas Schwab, M.D.
Tarek Obaid and Dr. Mardini were childhood friends. Mr. Obaid’s generosity was inspired by his experience as a Mayo patient, his friendship with Dr. Mardini, and his compassion for victims of war and trauma
. The gift was made in honor of the Obaid family’s values -- particularly hope
-- which they consider the most powerful emotion, providing the fortitude to persevere and the well from which people draw strength.
“Tarek and the Obaid family are dear to my heart, and knowing them and how much they enjoy helping others in need is a tremendous inspiration”
, says Dr. Mardini. “Their gift will transform lives and provide hope, even for those who have lost hope. Through their gift, we will advance scientific discoveries and provide clinical care to so many, who now will have the chance to live normal lives.”
Hand transplant is a treatment option for people who have had one or both hands amputated. Although not guaranteed, it may help one regain hand function and sensation in an attempt to improve life quality. Hand transplant requires a lifelong commitment to treatment.
Face transplant is a treatment option for people with severe facial disfigurement. It replaces all or part of a person's face with donor tissue. The procedure is performed in only a few transplant centers worldwide as it is a complex operation that takes months of planning and multiple surgical teams. The candidate is carefully evaluated to help ensure the best possible results in appearance and function.
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