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International Doctors and Researchers Meet To Discuss Leading Edge Transplants at Symposium

For Immediate Release: 5/16/2000

(Louisville, Kentucky) A press briefing will be held Friday, May 19 at 3:15 p.m. (EDT) at the Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center Conference Center (16th floor) to give a wrap up of the Second International Symposium on Composite Tissue Allotransplantation held May 18-19.

The briefing will be up-linked live via satellite at 3:15 p.m. (EDT). Coordinates for the up-link are Ku Ban SBS 6, Transponder 3. The signal will be available at 3:00 p.m. B-roll of the symposium will also be available via satellite.

Speaking at the briefing will be Warren C. Breidenbach, III, M.D., assistant clinical professor,

University of Louisville and a partner at Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, who performed the United States first hand transplant; Mark Hardy, M.D., Auchincloss professor of Surgery, Columbia University; and Mark Siegler, M.D., Lindy Bergman professor and director at MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago.

Media interested in attending the symposium, setting up interviews, viewing presentations live, or if you will need a copy of B-roll should contact Joe Stephenson at 502-561-5447. A video/audio feed will be available for taping. You may bring your own video tape and/or audio tape recorders to tape select segments.

Composite tissue allotransplantation (CTA – multiple tissue transplant) will be presented by world-renowned surgeons and researchers at the symposium. Program discussions on CTA will include the hand, larynx, bone, muscle, nerve, tendon, vein and skin.


The three surgeons responsible for five of the six hand transplants performed around the world, Warren C. Breidenbach, III, M.D., Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC; Professor Jean-Michel Dubernard, Hospital Edouard Herriot, Lyon, France; and Guoxian Pei, M.D., Ph.D., The First Military Medical University, Guangzhou, People's Republic of China, will make presentations at the symposium.

The world's first larynx transplant recipient and the nation's first hand transplant recipient will also give their perspective on the innovative experimental procedures they have undergone. The patient perspective will be told by Matthew Scott, the United States' first hand transplant recipient, and Timothy Heidler, the world's first larynx transplant recipient. Scott received his new hand January 24-25, 1999, when surgeons from the University of Louisville and Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC, performed the 15-hour procedure at Jewish Hospital. Heidler received a larynx transplant at the Cleveland Clinic on January 3, 1998.

The symposium will include 24 physicians and researchers of international reputation representing five countries. Eight of the original presenters from the first international symposium in November 1997 will return to the conference center at the Jewish Hospital's Rudd Heart and Lung Center to discuss what they have learned from the experimental procedures performed over the past two years. The 1997 symposium was part of a new "transparent process" protocol followed by the Louisville team before performing the nation's first hand transplant that called for researchers and surgeons to -- research it and talk about it, before performing the experimental procedure as opposed to the old way of -- researching it, doing it, and then talking about it.

CTA presentations/discussions will also include Marshall Strome M.D., Cleveland Clinic, who performed the world's first larynx transplant; Gunther O. Hofmann, M.D., Ph.D., Munich, Germany, who performed several knee/femur transplants; and J. C. Guimbertau, M.D., France, who performed tendon allotransplantation. Ethical considerations in allotransplantation will also be discussed. Other integral parts of the symposium will explore clinical research in immunology therapies, rejection, chimerism, tolerance, new drugs and various research animal models.

Additional information on hand transplantation is available at The following is a complete list of speakers.

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Second International Symposium on Composite

Tissue Allotransplantation Faculty:

Thomas A. Armata

Executive Director

South-Eastern Organ Procurement Foundation

Virginia USA Charles Hewitt, Ph.D.

Research Director

Cooper Hospital

New Jersey USA

James R. Bain, M.D.

Professor of Surgery

McMaster University,

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Gunther O. Hofmann, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

University of Munich

Munich, Germany

John H. Barker, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery

Director Plastic Surgery Research

University of Louisville

Kentucky USA

Suzanne Ildstad, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Surgery and

Director of the Institute of Cellular


University of Louisville

Kentucky USA

Warren C. Breidenbach, III, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

University of Louisville

Kentucky USA Jon W. Jones, Jr. M.D.

Associate Professor

University of Louisville

Kentucky USA

Professor Jean-Michel Dubernard

Hopital Edouard Herriot

Lyon, France

Neil Jones, M.D.

Professor and Chief of Hand Surgery

University of California Los Angeles

Medical Center

California USA

Scott A. Gruber, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery

Chief, Pancreas Transplant Service

Division of Immunology &

Organ Transplantation

University of Texas

at Houston Medical School

Texas USA Christina Kaufman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Research Institute of Cellular Therapeutics

University of Louisville

Kentucky USA

J. C. Guimbertau, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of Aquitain Hand Center

and Emergency Department


Allan D. Kirk, M.D.

Section Chief, Transplantation,

Navy/NIDDK Transplantation and Autoimmunity Branch

Bethesda Naval Air Force

Maryland USA

Mark Hardy, M.D.

Auchincloss Professor of Surgery

Columbia University,

New York USA

Martin M. Klapheke, M.D.

Transplant Psychiatrist

Jewish Hospital Transplant Center

Associate Professor

University of Louisville

Kentucky USA

Marshall Strome, M.D.

Chairman, Department of


and Communicative Disorders

Cleveland Clinic

Ohio USA David W. Mathes, M.D.

Research Fellow Department of Surgery

Massachusetts General Hospital

(Harvard Medical School),

Massachusetts USA

William M. Swartz, M.D.

Associate Chief of Plastic Surgery

Shadyside Hospital of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania USA

Randall E. Morris, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Research

Director of Transplantation Immunology

Stanford School of Medicine

California USA

Thomas E. Starzl, M.D.

Director of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute

University of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania USA

Guoxian Pei, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Surgery and

Chief of Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

The First Military Medical University

Guangzhou, People's Republic of China

Frank T. Thomas, M.D.

Professor of Surgery

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Alabama USA

Mark Siegler, M.D.

Lindy Bergman Professor

Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics

University of Chicago

Illinois USA

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