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- Research Summary
One of Dr. Cetrulo’s primary goals is to develop a protocol for tolerance of hand and face transplantation to eliminate the need for immunosuppression. Transplant tolerance has been achieved in kidney, lung, combined heart-kidney transplantation in large animal research at the Center for Transplantation Sciences (CTS) at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where he is currently a Senior Investigator and Head of the Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) Laboratory. This tolerance protocol has been successfully translated to kidney transplant patients in the Transplant Unit at MGH. Dr. Cetrulo intends to modify this protocol to apply it to VCA. As a reconstructive plastic surgery attending at the MGH, he is also in an ideal situation to see this research translated directly from bench to bedside.
"Today, I begin a new chapter filled with personal hope and hope for others who have suffered genital injuries, particularly for our service members who put their lives on the line and suffer serious damage as a result," says Thomas Manning, 64, who, earlier this month, received the nation's first penis transplant at the MGH. "If you tell the truth, you have nothing to worry about. I'm not ashamed at all."
First Genitourinary Vascularized Composite Allograft (Penile) Transplant in the Nation Performed at Massachusetts General Hospital
A team of surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital announced today that they have performed the nation's first genitourinary reconstructive (penile) transplant.
A specially-bred strain of miniature swine lacking the molecule responsible for the rapid rejection of pig-to-primate organ transplants may provide a new source of skin grafts to treat seriously burned patients.
A team of Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons, lead by Curtis Cetrulo, Jr., MD, of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, perform a series of complex surgeries to reattach a patient's arm.
A procedure developed at the MGH to induce immune tolerance to organ transplants has now been shown to also induce tolerance to model tissue transplants in miniature swine.
Making an important step towards greater availability of hand and face transplants, MGH investigators have shown that a procedure developed to induce immune tolerance to organ transplants can induce tolerance to a model limb transplant in miniature swine.
Station nightclub fire survivor Joe Kinan discusses his incredible path to recovery since undergoing the first hand transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Jonathan Winograd, MD, and Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr, MD, discuss how Joe Kinan, a Station nightclub fire survivor, became the first hand transplant recipient at Massachusetts General Hospital.
On Oct. 26, 19 days after becoming the MGH's first hand transplant recipient, Joe Kinan showed how his unwavering commitment to having a positive attitude has paid off – he wiggled the fingers on his left hand for the first time in public.
Recipient of Massachusetts General Hospital's first hand transplant operation performed by Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr., MD, on path to recovery.
Massachusetts General Hospital's Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr., MD, leads Mass General's first hand transplant operation.
Joseph Kinan, Station nightclub fire survivor, is Massachusetts General Hospital's first hand transplant recipient.
Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo Jr. performs Massachusetts General Hospital's first hand transplant surgery on Joseph Kinan, Station nightclub fire survivor.
The first successful replantation of a human limb took place at the MGH in 1962. Now, nearly 50 years later, the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is in the process of reviewing potential candidates for the latest in medical advances – hand transplantation surgery.
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