From Publishers Weekly
The first U.S. surgeon to perform a near-total face transplant, in December 2008, could well be expected to deliver a compelling account of the groundbreaking procedure at the Cleveland Clinic—the same place where a Connecticut woman horribly disfigured by a friend's chimpanzee is recovering and may herself become a candidate. But Siemionow's purpose is larger: to lay out the history, labor, challenges and need for such transplants.Polish-born Siemionow does so precisely and winningly as she charmingly weaves her own personal history into the mix. Someday the young lady may become a good surgeon, she's told by the Belgian doctor to whom she's apprenticed in Europe. I can't remember anything else that happened that day. The extraordinary achievement that followed nearly 30 years later could only be realized after Siemionow negotiated a path fraught with ethical, biological and technical complexity. Yet the awesome science of her feat is never eclipsed by the heart that guides it: for the patient and me, the reward will be something we're both waiting to see. A smile. 8 pages of b&w photos. (June)
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About the Author
Pioneering surgeon Maria Siemionow, MD, PhD
, was awarded her medical degree by Poznan University of Medical Sciences in 1974, after which she completed her residency in orthopedics, and then earned a PhD in microsurgery. In 1985, she completed a hand surgery fellowship at the Christine Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, Kentucky.
Today she is director of Plastic Surgery Research and the head of Microsurgery Training in the Plastic Surgery Department of Cleveland Clinic. She is on staff at the Clinic’s Transplantation Center and in the orthopedic surgery and immunology departments. For her research on facial transplant, she received the 2004 and 2007 James Barrett Brown Awards from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Siemionow has been featured in the media including ABC News, CNN, BBC and the New York Times.